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Algal toxins, their accumulation and loss in commercially important shellfish, including larval mortality and appraisal of accelerated depuration

Objective

This proposal represents a concerted effort by the shellfish industry, to commission research into important aspects of algal toxins where positive results may lead to increased prospects of safe marketability of selfish product. The aim is to carry out wide-ranging tests on scallops and mussels in controlled conditions using the toxins ASP, and DSP. It is hoped that the research will advance the understanding of toxin uptake in the shellfish tissues, with the possibility of developing a system of accelerated depuration.

The research supports the 'sustainability' and 'QOL' programmes. Description of work The research consists of 4 interdependent technical workpackages: The 'Bulk Production of Toxic Diatoms' which has recently been developed by one of the research providers, will enable a controlled study in toxin uptake for ASP in Scallops. The 'Toxin Retention & Depuration Trials' will investigate the mechanisms and any selectivity in uptake of ASP toxin by Scallops.

Coordinator

NORTH BAY SHELLFISH LTD
Address
Horries Deerness
Orkney
United Kingdom

Participants (8)

ASSOCIATION OF SCOTTISH SHELFISH GROWERS
United Kingdom
Address
Mountview Ardvasar
Isle Of Skye
FISHERIES RESEARCH SERVICES
United Kingdom
Address
Victoria Road, 375
Aberdeen
HAVBRUKSKOMPANIET
Norway
Address
Skjellsenteret
Forsand
HVALER HAVPRODUKTER AS
Norway
Address
Po Box 35
Vesteroy
NORWEGIAN INSTITUTE FOR WATER RESEARCH
Norway
Address
Kjelsaas Brekkeveien 19
Oslo
ORKNEY FISHERIES ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
Address
5 Ferry Terminal Buildings Kirkwall Pier
Kirkwall
SCALLOP ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
Address
5 Boat Croet
Kemnay
SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINE SCIENCE
United Kingdom
Address
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory
Oban