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App gives bathers pollution alertsBBC | 24 Aug 2013
A free app that gives beach users in England and Wales real-time updates about pollution is launched, amid concern over a rise in sewage spills.
Neogen adds rapid ASP and DSP toxin test to its rangefishupdate.com | 26 Jul 2013
Neogen Europe Ltd. has added to its comprehensive range of tests for the seafood industry with the introduction of rapid tests to detect the toxins that cause amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP) and diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP).
Shetland mussel harvest area closed after shellfish poisoningfishupdate.com | 26 Jul 2013
Following detection by the FSA of unusually high levels of toxins, various shellfish harvesting sites in Scotland have been closed. These toxins, which occur naturally, especially during the summer months, can cause acute food poisoning.
Discovery of the 'Plastisphere' -- a new marine ecological communityEurekAlert | 11 Jul 2013
(American Chemical Society) The masses of plastic debris that float over large areas of the world's oceans have become new ecological communities that scientists have named the "Plastisphere." Their report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology suggests that these novel habitats in the North Atlantic Ocean may harbor potential disease-causing microbes.
EU bathing water 2012 data releasedBBC | 21 May 2013
The latest data on EU bathing water quality is released, showing that 93% of more than 22,000 sampled locations meet the minimum standards.
Beach ClosuresWoods Hole Oceanographic Institution | 28 May 2012
What Causes Beach Closures?The pollution that causes beach closures and illness in humans comes from many different places on land, but ultimately gets into the water primarily through one of two pathways—discrete point sources and diffuse non-point sources.
Leaking pipe fixed in bid to clean up Onehunga seasideNew Zealand Herald | 27 Apr 2012
A polluted drain which spills on to the site of a planned $28 million Onehunga seaside park has been cleaned up in a hunt for sewage leaks prompted by iwi and health agency concerns. The stormwater outflow from Hillsborough was blamed for bacteria spikes in water quality.
Viral disease - particularly from herpes - gaining interest as possible cause of coral declineScienceDaily.com | 30 Mar 2012
As corals continue to decline in abundance around the world, researchers are turning their attention to a possible cause that's almost totally unexplored -- viral disease. It appears that corals harbor many different viruses -- particularly herpes. They also are home to the adenoviruses and other viral families that can cause human colds and gastrointestinal disease.
Deadly virus kills half of France's oystersfishupdate.com | 28 Jul 2011
A deadly virus has managed to kill half of France's oysters this year. Oyster production has dropped by 30 per cent because of a very aggressive form of herpes.
Tracking Aquatic Animal DiseasesFisheries and Oceans Canada | 02 Mar 2011
Preventing the spread of aquatic animal diseases within Canada and guarding against the introduction of exotic pathogens from other countries is critical to safeguarding the health of Canada's aquatic resources and our multi-billion dollar export market in fish and seafood products.
Haiti dodges storm disaster as cholera toll risesReuters | 06 Nov 2010
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Earthquake-hit Haiti escaped a fresh disaster threatened by Hurricane Tomas, but the storm caused flooding that killed eight people and increased the contagion threat from a deadly cholera epidemic, the government and aid workers said on Saturday.
New research to improve management of toxic red tides in the Gulf of MaineEurekAlert | 01 Oct 2009
(NOAA Headquarters) NOAA has awarded $457,000 in competitive grant funding to support three projects to better track and manage outbreaks of toxic red tide algae that threaten public health and New England's shellfish industry. The grant covers the first year of what will be multi-year projects.
NOAA announces an experimental harmful algal bloom forecast bulletin for Lake ErieEurekAlert | 17 Sep 2009
(NOAA Headquarters) Predicting harmful algal blooms, or HABs, in the Great Lakes is now a reality as NOAA announces an experimental HAB forecast system in Lake Erie. HABs produce toxins that may pose a significant risk to human and animal health through water recreation and may form scum that are unsightly and odorous to beach visitors, impacting the coastal economy.
Brian Rudman: Slugs, cows, fish - they're all in itNew Zealand Herald | 14 Aug 2009
As the battle over who killed the dogs and the dolphins on the shores of the Waitemata in recent weeks heats up, Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee is suggesting the ultimate culprits are hiding on the Hauraki Plains, happily...
Health warnings remain for Auckland beachesNew Zealand Herald | 14 Aug 2009
Public health warnings remain on Auckland beaches after scientists found the toxin which killed a dog on the North Shore could kill people as well as animals.Analysis of vomit of the dog which died after visiting Narrow Neck Beach...
Water shows no signs of toxinsNew Zealand Herald | 11 Aug 2009
Kayakers and dragon boaters may be able to return to the water as soon as tomorrow, but authorities are still some way from pinpointing what made dogs on Auckland beaches ill.Paul McNabb, technical manager at Nelson science consultants...
Results today on gulf mysteryNew Zealand Herald | 10 Aug 2009
Test results due back today may point scientists towards the cause of the mystery illness or illnesses affecting dogs and wildlife in the Hauraki Gulf.Many fishermen defied advice to avoid fishing until the results were received,...
Dog and fish deaths may not be linked - scientistsNew Zealand Herald | 06 Aug 2009
Five dolphins are being tested in connection with the mystery deaths of dogs and sea life.However, researchers believe they may be dealing with two or even three unrelated causes of illness in the Hauraki Gulf.Massey University...
Beach poison hit dogs two months agoNew Zealand Herald | 06 Aug 2009
Reports of dogs becoming seriously ill at the beach reached authorities almost two months ago, but officials thought they were dealing with an isolated incident.Daniel Fernandez called Auckland City Council in early June after...