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Title: Optimization of Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning and Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning

Project Year and Number: 2000: 00482-BAA

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Joanne Jellett, Jellett Biotek Limited

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Prince William Sound, Kodiak

Restoration Category: General Restoration

Injured Resources Addressed: Clams , Mussels , Subsistence , Subtidal Organisms

Abstract: This project involves the development and testing of rapid screening tests to detect two marine biotoxins that affect the Alaskan shellfishery, amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP) and paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). These toxins can cause sickness and even death in individuals who consume contaminated shellfish. With a reliable field testing method, coastal communities and shellfisheries will be able to ensure shellfish is safe to eat before harvesting. This will lead to safer subsistence harvesting of shellfish which can replace the lost or decreased availability of injured resources such as harbor seals, sea lions, herring and ducks. Jellett Biotek has a working prototype of a rapid test for PSP and have the antibodies for an ASP test. We have applied to the ASTF for funding to help further develop and optimize these tests, thus making them available for field trials. The feasibility of establishing ongoing beach monitoring will be assessed.

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Funding Detail For: 2000

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2000

Annual Report: 2000: Not Available

Final Report: In Review Prior to Publication - For More Information Please Contact Us

Publications from this Project: None Available