CALL 911 OR YOUR LOCAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU SUSPECT SHELLFISH POISONING.

Technologies

Imaging FlowCytoBot (IFCB) – These are high tech automated submersible microscopes which use a combination of flow cytometric and video technology to capture high resolution images of suspended particles. Additional machine learning technology can identify potentially toxic species from the images. See this IOOS article for more information

Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) – Developed by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, ESPs are referred to as “labs in a can”. They provide on-site analysis of water samples, identifying the presence of organisms and biological toxins. It can also preserve and archive water sample for later analysis after retrieving the ESP.

Continuous Plankton RecordER (CRP) – CRPs are towed behind vessels where they continuously record abundance and biomass of different types of plankton. CRP deployments have been conducted monthly in the Gulf of Alaska by the Gulfwatch program.

Current HAB Alert: High densities of Alexandrium cells were observed by the HAB cruise in the Bering Strait region at the beginning of September. A strong storm in Western Alaska washed up clams along the coast and harvesters are encouraged to stay alert and contact their local health care providers if they experience any of the signs of PSP after consuming shellfish.Learn more »
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