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At certain times of the year naturally occurring algae in the sea can give rise to blooms, which may not necessarily be noticeable. Algae in these blooms may produce potent biotoxins. These can accumulate in filter-feeding bivalve molluscs and sometimes in other shellfish, such as grazing gastropods. Eating shellfish contaminated with marine biotoxins may pose risks for those consuming the food, as well as for the seafood industry. Cefas is assisting a number of Food Safety Authorities (including the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS)) and local food enforcement authorities in safeguarding public health by co-ordinating and delivering the testing required under national biotoxin monitoring programmes. The results of the FSA/FSS biotoxin and phytoplankton monitoring programmes are published weekly.
The Global Ghost Gear Initiative is a cross stakeholder alliance of fishing industry, private sector, corporates, NGOs, academia and governments focused on solving the problem of lost and abandoned fishing gear worldwide.
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