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Phytoplankton MonitoringEntry ID: gomc_46
Abstract: The Government of Canada administers the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation
Program (CSSP) to protect public health by routinely monitoring water quality
in shellfish harvesting areas and toxin levels in shellfish. Some areas may be
closed due to the presence of natural biotoxins produced by tiny marine
organisms. The most significant of these toxins are those that are responsible
for producing ... paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) toxins. PSP develops from
toxins derived from tiny planktonic organisms called dinoflagellates. Shellfish
are filter feeders that accumulate these toxic dinoflagellates in their systems
through feeding. While the shellfish do not appear to have obvious visible ill
effects, humans who ingest these shellfish may be at risk.
Waterbody or Watershed Names: Atlantic Ocean, Canada
Purpose: To collect baseline date for phytoplankton populations, with
particular emphasis on species that cause harm.
Sponsor: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Additional Information OR Comments: Program information sheet:
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Start Date: 1987-01-01
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 meter - < 30 meters
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Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (506) 529-5921
Email: martinjl at mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Biological Station 531 Brandy Cove Road
City: St. Andrews
Province or State: New Brunswick
Postal Code: E5B 2L9
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-08-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2007-03-06