Training Course Enhances HAB Toxin Detection Capabilities in African and Central American Countries
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)-developed technology for detection of toxins causing paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) was presented to an international group of coastal managers during a training course sponsored by the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The training, held October 6-10 at the Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research, followed a request to the IAEA by officials from Kenya, Tanzania, Tunisia, and El Salvador for assistance in detecting HAB toxins. This effort expands to seven the number of African and Central American countries implementing this NCCOS technology to monitor for the potentially lethal PSP toxins in shellfish, thereby safeguarding consumers and promoting shellfish aquaculture.
International transfer of NCCOS-developed technology strengthens the monitoring capabilities of coastal managers and enhances the ability of our partners to protect public health.