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Building Capacity for Managing Climate Change Strategies Through Tribal Monitoring of Harmful Algal Toxins in Subsistence Harvested Shellfish

Principal Investigator
Shannon Atkinson DeMaster

Dates

Release Date
2021
Start Date
2021-01-01
End Date
2023-01-01

Summary

With increasing sea surface temperatures due to climate change, harmful algal blooms in Alaska marine waters are becoming more severe, threatening food security and public health by reducing availability and safety of shellfish and other marine food resources. Paralytic shellfish poisoning, a neurotoxin primarily produced by marine phytoplankton Alexandrium, is the most severe and pervasive biotoxin problem in Alaska and is regularly detected in shellfish at levels unsafe for human consumption. Illness and deaths have been attributed to paralytic shellfish poisoning in Alaska, yet there is still limited capacity for testing of harmful algal blooms for culturally important subsistence resources. Increasingly, evidence is emerging [...]

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Contacts

Principal Investigator :
Shannon Atkinson DeMaster
Co-Investigator :
Willow Hetrick
Cooperator/Partner :
Christopher Whitehead, Steve Morton
CMS Group :
Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASC) Program
Funding Agency :
Alaska CASC

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“Selawik River, Alaska; Credit: Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service”
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Selawik River, Alaska; Credit: Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Selawik River, Alaska; Credit: Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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  • Alaska CASC
  • National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers

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