ASSG Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers Annual conference

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Once again the shellfish growers gather together at the ASSG annual conference in Oban, Scotland. During the meeting many interesting topics were covered. Innovation in ormer farming and mussels, pearl farming around the world and the opportunities and challenges for the aquaculture industry. The seafood in schools programme was also presented. This is an innovative project to teach new generations how to enjoy eating shellfish. The conference also had the contribution of top scientists who updated the audience on four research projects on mussel live transportation or management of algae toxins. ZEU-INMUNOTEC presented a functional assay for determination of OA-toxins in shellfish –OkaTest. Marine toxins management is an important issue for shellfish growers and regulatory bodies. OkaTest is a very easy assay for detection of all okadaic acid diarrheic toxins commonly found in Scottish coastal areas. The test can be used complementary to the reference method for official testing or by shellfish producers running their own checks.