NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) Monitoring and Event Response to Harmful Algal Blooms ( MERHAB) program
Sept 1, 2015 – August 31, 2018
Vera Trainer, NWFSC Marine Biotoxin Program
Marc Suddleson, Program Manager NCCOS MERHAB program
Bich-Thuy Eberhart, Brian Bill, Nicolaus Adams, Penelope Xian (ERT contractor)
Lipophilic shellfish toxins comprise an extensive suite of compounds including those associated with the human syndromes known as diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) and azaspiracid shellfish poisoning (AZP). As a result of recent bloom events and subsequent human intoxications in Washington State (USA) due to DSP, there is a critical and urgent need for State public health officials to be able to monitor and accurately quantify harmful algal bloom (HAB) species associated with DSP and azaspiracid shellfish poisoning (AZP) and their toxins. There is now evidence that lipophilic toxins associated with DSP and AZP are present in water and/or shellfish, including oysters and mussels from Puget Sound and razor clams from the WA coast.