General Information

Event name: AU-15-002
Nature of the harmful event:
Seafood toxins
Event directly affected:
Toxicity detected: Yes
Associated syndrome: CFP (Ciguatera Fish Poisoning)
Unexplained toxicity:
Species implicated in toxin transmission (transvector): Spanish mackerel
Report the outcome of a monitoring programme: No
Event occurred before in this location: Yes (2014)
Individuals to contact: Hallegraeff Gustaaf

Location & Date

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Location: Latitude: -30.872778, Longitude: 153.046667
General location information: South West Rocks, NSW
HAB Area code(s): AU-22
Additional location information:
Bloom event dates (yyyy/mm/dd): Event Date:2015-04-03
Quarantine levels dates (yyyy/mm/dd):
Additional date-related information: Date of poisoning


Causative organism known: Yes
Causative Species/Genus: Gambierdiscus sp. ( cells/L)
Co-Ocurring Species/Genus:
Chlorophyll concentration, if known: µg/l
Additional bloom information:
Event-related bibliography: Farrell et al., 2016. Commun Dis Intell 40(1): E1-E6

Environmental Conditions

Weather: Turbidity (NTU): Wind direction:
Stratified water: Oxygen content (nL/L): Wind velocity:
Temperature (°C): Oxygen saturation %: Current Direction:
Sechhi disk (m): Salinity: Current Velocity:
Nutrient information:
Temperature Range During Event: Max: °C, Min: °C
Salinity Range During Event:
Bloom location in the water column:
Growth Comments
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Toxin Assay Information

Species containing the toxin Toxin type Toxin details Max. concentration Assay type
Kit used: Type of kit used:
Additional information: not available
Economic losses: 4 people poisoned; 1 individual hospitalised
Management decision: Public warnings
Additional harmful effect information:
Created at 03:14 on 7 Feb 2017
Updated at 06:48 on 5 Mar 2018