Biotoxins are a severe problem in the Eastern Pacific region and include Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning or PSP and domoic acid poisoning. Biotoxins are produced by algae and accumulate in shellfish when they filter feed. Human illness or death follows ingestion of tainted shellfish. In addition, biotoxins can have sublethal effects, such as short-term memory loss caused by domoic acid poisoning. Biotoxins are also responsible for many shellfish harvest closings and large economic losses in coastal regions.
Dr. Vera Trainer, Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Northwest Fisheries Science Center Researchers:
Dr. Kathi Lefebvre
Northwest Fisheries Science Center Harmful Algal Bloom Program
Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom Partnership (ORHAB)
Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms in the Pacific Northwest (ECOHAB)
Institute for Systems Biology