Strategies for monitoring and managing mass populations of toxic cyanobacteria in recreational waters: A multi-interdisciplinary approach

A.N. Tyler, P.D. Hunter, L. Carvalho, G.A. Codd, J.A. Elliott, C.A. Ferguson, N.D. Hanley, D.W. Hopkins, S.C. Maberly, K.J. Mearns, E.M. Scott

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    Abstract

    Mass populations of toxin-producing cyanobacteria commonly develop in fresh-, brackish- and marine waters and effective strategies for monitoring and managing cyanobacterial health risks are required to safeguard animal and human health. A multi-interdisciplinary study, including two UK freshwaters with a history of toxic cyanobacterial blooms, was undertaken to explore different approaches for the identification, monitoring and management of potentially-toxic cyanobacteria and their associated risks. The results demonstrate that (i) cyanobacterial bloom occurrence can be predicted at a local- and national-scale using process-based and statistical models; (ii) cyanobacterial concentration and distribution in waterbodies can be monitored using remote sensing, but minimum detection limits need to be evaluated; (iii) cyanotoxins may be transferred to spray-irrigated root crops; and (iv) attitudes and perceptions towards risks influence the public's preferences and willingness-to-pay for cyanobacterial health risk reductions in recreational waters.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEnvironmental Health
    Volume8
    Issue numberSUPPL. 1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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