HABreports: Online Early Warning of Harmful Algal and Biotoxin Risk for the Scottish Shellfish and Finfish Aquaculture Industries

Davidson, K; Whyte, C; Aleynik, D; Dale, A; Gontarek, S; Kurekin, A; McNeill, S; Miller, PI; Porter, M; Saxon, R; Swan, S. 2021 HABreports: Online Early Warning of Harmful Algal and Biotoxin Risk for the Scottish Shellfish and Finfish Aquaculture Industries. Frontiers in Marine Science, 8. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.631732

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We present an on-line early warning system that is operational in Scottish coastal waters to minimize the risk to humans and aquaculture businesses in terms of the human health and economic impacts of harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their associated biotoxins. The system includes both map and time-series based visualization tools. A “traffic light” index approach is used to highlight locations at elevated HAB/biotoxin risk. High resolution mathematical modelling of cell advection, in combination with satellite remote sensing, provides early warning of HABs that advect from offshore waters to the coast. Expert interpretation of HAB, biotoxin and environmental data in light of recent and historical trends is used to provide, on a weekly basis, a forecast of the risk from HABs and their biotoxins to allow mitigation measures to be put in place by aquaculture businesses, should a HAB event be imminent.

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Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Edited by: Jose Luis Iriarte, Austral University of Chile, Chile Reviewed by: Rowena Fay Stern, Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom Gustaaf Marinus Hallegraeff, University of Tasmania, Australia Jorge I. Mardones, Instituto de Fomento Pesquero (IFOP), Chile *Correspondence: Keith Davidson keith.davidson@sams.ac.uk Specialty section: This article was submitted to Marine Fisheries, Aquaculture and Living Resources, a section of the journal Frontiers in Marine Science
Additional Keywords: harmful algal blooms, biotoxins, early warning, remote sensing, modelling
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Earth Observation Science and Applications
Depositing User: S Hawkins
Date made live: 13 Apr 2021 08:13
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2021 08:13
URI: https://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9194

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