General Information

Event name: ES-06-003
Country: SPAIN
Nature of the harmful event:
High Phyto concentration , Foam/Mucilage in the coast
Event directly affected:
Planktonic life
Toxicity detected: No
Associated syndrome:
Unexplained toxicity: No
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: No
Individuals to contact: SAMPEDRO, Nagore , ARIN, Laura

Location & Date

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Location: Latitude: 40.988333, Longitude: 0.919444
General location information: South Coast of Catalonia (Arenal beach, Pineda beach), NE Spain, Catalonia
HAB Area code(s): ES-21
Additional location information: Several aggregates of mucilage along 65 km shoreline
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Start: 2006/07/10, End: 2006/08/04
Quarantine levels dates (yyyy/mm/dd):
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Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Gonyaulax fragilis (Schütt) Kofoid 1911 (2270000 cells/L)
Co-Ocurring Species/Genus: Pseudo-nitzschia calliantha Lundholm et al. 2003 (23040000 cells/L)
Chlorophyll concentration, if known: µg/l
Additional bloom information:
Event-related bibliography: Mucilage event associated to Gonyaulax fragilis in the NW Mediterranean Sea. Nagore Sampedro, Laura Arin, Sonia Quijano, Albert Reñé, Jordi Camp. Submitted to HAN

Environmental Conditions

Weather: Cloudy Turbidity (NTU): Wind direction:
Stratified water: Oxygen content (nL/L): Wind velocity:
Temperature (°C): 28 Oxygen saturation %: Current Direction:
Sechhi disk (m): Salinity: Current Velocity:
Nutrient information:
Temperature Range During Event: Max: 30.5 °C, Min: 28 °C
Salinity Range During Event: Max: 38.2, Min: 37.6
Bloom location in the water column:
Growth Comments
Additional Environmental information: Its formation occurred after a long period of calm good weather conditions associated with a high atmospheric pressure system

Toxin Assay Information

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Additional information: Toxins analysed by HPLC
Economic losses:
Management decision:
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