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New test for serious algal toxin threat saves time and money for NZ shellfish farmers

The most serious algal toxin threat to New Zealand shellfish can now be detected faster and at around a quarter of the previous cost through a new test method likely to be introduced this year. The test for paralytic shellfish toxin (PST), the most serious of shellfish poisoning syndromes caused by harmful algae, has been developed by New Zealand’s Cawthron Institute in collaboration with the UK’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science.

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Anderson Lake south of Port Townsend closed because toxins 990 times over safe level; state park still open

[10th, May 2014] Within a period of a week, the level of a potent nerve toxin in Anderson Lake rose 990 times over the safe threshold, prompting its closure to fishing and all other water recreation.Weekly testing since April 21 had found the level of anatoxin-a to be below the state recreational guideline of 1 microgram per liter of water… Continue reading Anderson Lake south of Port Townsend closed because toxins 990 times over safe level; state park still open

Loch clean-up to keep poisonous algae at bay

[10th, May 2014] Chemicals similar to those used at the London Olympics will be put into Strathclyde Loch to ensure it is free from poisonous algae when it hosts the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games triathalon. Organisers have revealed the list of preparations they are putting in place to make sure that events at the Watersports Centre run smoothly…

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Algae update: Fixing bad-tasting drinking water already expensive

[10th, May 2014] It’s anyone’s guess just how bad the algae blooms might be this year, but the city already is dealing with a related problem: bad-tasting drinking water. The city of Columbus has spent $97,000 since early February to get rid of the off-taste and unpleasant odor of drinking water pulled from… Continue reading Algae update: Fixing bad-tasting drinking water already expensive