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The IOC Intergovernmental Panel on Harmful Algal Blooms (IPHAB) recognizes that extensive human suffering from benthic microalgae Gambierdiscus induced Ciguatera Fish Poisoning (CFP); 1 in every 4 persons in the Oceania region, half that number in the Caribbean; and significant social and economic impacts, especially in tropical, small island developing states. Furthermore there is emergence of Ciguatera events in non-tropical areas which contribute to a potential global increase in CFP and other seafood poisoning due to climate change, coastal developments and globalised seafood trade;

The IPHAB in 2012 also noted the significant global social and economic consequences of unrecognised, under reported and unchecked increases of CFP, and the absence of CFP toxin standards and validated detection methods.

The IPHAB through Recommendation IPHAB-XI.2 urges that the relevant Member State agencies develop the capacity to monitor for Ciguatera-causing organisms, toxins, contaminated seafood and the epidemiology to reduce the risk associated with benthic HABs;

IPHAB Recommendation IPHAB-XI.2 also recommended assessing the establishment of a coordinated IOC-FAO-WHO effort on CFP to combine the capabilities of those agencies and that of ecologists, toxin chemists and medical researchers to:

  1. Develop a coordinated Ciguatera strategy
  2. Improve organism detection and sampling strategies
  3. Improve toxin detection
  4. Improve epidemiological data collection, reporting and assessments

See folder with documents, publications and papers pertaining to Ciguatera here.

This web site will grow and develp as activities develop.


LINKS to Ciguatera related projects and activities:

Ciguatera Online - Institut Luis Malardé


Ciguatera site of the US National Center for Environmental Health’s Health Studies Branch

Ciguatera Fact Sheet: The US FDA provides information on the nature, diagnosis, susceptibility, and analytical data on Ciguatera poisoning ...

Gambierdiscus wiki

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About CFP treatment (compiled by Clémentine Catel Ellasos)

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