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Safe and Sustainable Shellfish: Introducing local testing and management solutions

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Project Description

Phytoplankton (algae) are essential in marine ecosystems but some species produce biotoxins that can accumulate in harvested shellfish, posing a threat to human health.

Harvesting of shellfish, including mussels, scallops and oysters, is an important part of the UK aquaculture industry worth around £40 million per annum and supporting over 3,000 rural jobs.

There is significant potential to expand this industry, however, harvesting can be halted, particularly in the summer months, due to the presence of harmful algae in the sea which can accumulate in shellfish.

Monitoring of water and shellfish for the presence of biotoxins helps determine if it is safe to harvest.

This project employs 3 new analytical detection systems to limit harvesting loses and ensure confidence to support expansion of this aquaculture industry.

In collaboration and partnership with Plymouth Marine Lab and Queen’s University Belfast.

Status Project Live
Funder(s) Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council
Value £498,254.00
Project Dates Jan 1, 2019 - Dec 31, 2021

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