General Information

Event name: ES-06-001
Country: SPAIN
Nature of the harmful event:
Event directly affected:
Planktonic life
Toxicity detected: No
Associated syndrome: PSP
Unexplained toxicity:
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector):
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: Yes (PLA DE VIGILANCIA DE FITOPLANCTON TOXIC I NOCIU A LA COSTA CATALANA)
Event occurred before in this location: Yes
Individuals to contact: VILA, Magda , SAMPEDRO, Nagore

Location & Date

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Location: Latitude: 41.108056, Longitude: 1.251667
General location information: Tarragona Harbour, NE Spain, Catalonia
HAB Area code(s): ES-21
Additional location information: Bloom confined in a harbour
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Start: 2006/06/26, End: 2006/08/08
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Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Alexandrium catenella (Whedon et Kofoid) Balech 1985 (214000 cells/L)
Co-Ocurring Species/Genus: Gymnodinium impudicum (Fraga et al) Hansen et Moestrup 2000 (230000000 cells/L)
Lingulodinium polyedra (Stein) Dodge 1889 (70000 cells/L)
Chlorophyll concentration, if known: 111 µg/l
Additional bloom information:
Event-related bibliography: Vila M, Garcés E, Masó M, Camp J (2001) Is the distribution of the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium catenella expanding along the NW Mediterranean coast? Mar Ecol Prog Ser , 222, 73-83. Vila M, Delgado M, Camp J (2001) First detection of widespread toxic events caused by Alexandrium catenella in the Mediterranean Sea. In: Hallegraeff GM, Blackburn SI, Bolch CJ i Lewis RJ (ed) Harmful Algal Blooms 2000. Proc. 9th Int. Conf. Harmful Algal Blooms. IOC, Paris, p 8-11. Vila M, Camp J, Garcés E, Masó M, Delgado M (2001) High resolution spatio-temporal detection of potentially harmful dinoflagellates in confined waters of the NW Mediterranean. J. Plankton Res., 23 (5), 497-514 Vila M., M. Masó, E. Garcés, N. Sampedro, I. Bravo, A. Luglié, K. van Lenning, S. Anglés, B. Puig and J. Camp (2004). Recurrent blooms of Alexandrium catenella in Mediterranean confined waters. Rapp. Comm. Int. Mer Médit., 37, p. 455

Environmental Conditions

Weather: Sun Turbidity (NTU): Wind direction:
Stratified water: Yes Oxygen content (nL/L): 11,68 Wind velocity:
Temperature (°C): 26,4 Oxygen saturation %: 143,7 Current Direction:
Sechhi disk (m): Salinity: 37,6 Current Velocity:
Nutrient information: AMONIUM: 92,72
Temperature Range During Event: Max: 29 °C, Min: 24 °C
Salinity Range During Event: Max: 37, Min: 37
Bloom location in the water column: Whole column
In situ
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Toxin Assay Information

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Additional information: Toxins analysed by HPLC
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