Shellfish Biotoxins Commercial Fisheries Government Monitoring Research and Development

Climate change is increasing the prevalence of harmful algae blooms worldwide and Scotia Rapid Testing is dedicated to helping ensure the safety of seafood that is affected by these biotoxins.

A harmful algal bloom (HAB) is the accumulation of toxin producing algae in marine and fresh water sources that can negatively impact other organisms. These blooms can be invisible to the eye or alter the color of the water to shades of green, brown, orange, or red. These marine biotoxins are increasingly being found in shellfish which can compromise the safety of this valuable resource   

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Aquaculture and commercial fisheries play an important role in world economy. But marine biotoxins, can pose significant health risk to humans, and directly impact this vital industry.

Scotia Rapid Testing provides solutions that allow producers and processors to test for biotoxins in phytoplankton, bivalves, finfish and lobster tomalley with ease in laboratories or non-laboratory environments. These tests can be implemented in harvesting or processing quality control programs and are invaluable as they protect public safety, harvest integrity and job security for those who work in this important industry.  

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Government regulators ensure public safety with robust monitoring and screening programs for shellfish toxins.  These initiatives must be cost effective, timely and accurate.

Scotia Rapid Testing provides highly senstive front-line tests for screening shellfish and this approach substantially reduces the costs associated with monitoring.  At the same time,  results can be returned to producers much more quickly minimizing commercial delays.  This is better for regulators, preferred by industry and yet it ensures public safety.  

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Scotia Rapid Testing is committed to research and development and we work with scientists at leading oceanographic institutions to ensure detection accuracy and protect public safety

Our technical team has collaborated with scientists in government, at many institutions, universities, and private research firms worldwide. These associations have led to product improvements, changes in regulatory monitoring policies, identification and depuration of toxins in different seafood, and studies involving toxin identification in desalinated water.   

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