Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Biotoxins and Red Tide, From Marine Ecology to Public Health

Submitted by Natalie Springuel on Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:34

Biotoxins and Red Tide, From Marine Ecology to Public Health

Coastal Conversations show: January 26, 2018

WERU 89.9 in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor

Host:
Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant

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on the water view of a mussel raft in a bay with land in the background
The shellfish industry works closely with the Department of Marine Resources to ensure that shellfish contaminated by biotoxins, such as mussels grown from rafts in Frenchman Bay in 2016 and 2017, don't end up on consumers' plates.

Nothing beats a feast of Maine mussels, clams, scallops, or oysters. These shellfish are an important part of our coastal economy and Maine has some of the cleanest waters in North America for growing and harvesting seafood. So what is the deal with red tide and other biotoxins that have recently caused the state to temporarily close the harvesting and selling of some of our state’s most prized marine resources?

This is Natalie Springuel, from the University of Maine Sea Grant, host of Coastal Conversations. On our next program, we will meet Barry King, who runs the Biotoxins Monitoring Program at the Department of Marine Resources Lamoine Lab, and Fiona De Koning, co-owner of Aquadia Aqua Farm, a mussel farming business based in Trenton. King and De Koning will help us understand the ecology of plankton species that carry biotoxins, and the great strides that the State and the industry are making together to ensure safe harvesting and consumption of our favorite seafoods.

So make a note to tune in Friday morning, January 26 from 10 - 11 AM, when this month’s Coastal Conversation is about biotoxins in our shellfish and what you need to know to keep eating fabulous seafood. Only on WERU community radio, 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor, and online at WERU.org.

Only on WERU community radio, 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor, and online at WERU.org.

Guests

Barry King, Shellfish biotoxin monitoring program, Maine Department of Marine Resources
Fiona De Koning, co-owner, Acadia Aqua Farms

For More Information

Maine Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program

Maine Biotoxin and Shellfish Sanitation Hotline


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