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Surveillance of algal toxins in shellfish (routine PSP/DSP and others) - FS2803

Monitoring of edible shellfish species for the presence of toxins as required by EC Directive 91/492 in order to decide when closures of selected fisheries are necessary in order to protect the consumer from PSP and DSP toxins. Surveillance for other shellfish toxins as required.
To carry out an agreed programme of sampling and testing of edible shellfish species (from defined sites around the English and Welsh coasts) for the presence of PSP and DSP toxins and to keep customers informed of the results. Mussels, king scallops and queen scallops are the main species monitored but if these prove positive then crabs and whelks are also sampled. Additional surveillance to be carried out as dictated by annual priorities. For annual priorities, please see diary section.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1991

To: 1996

Cost: £446,191
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory