The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Cuban Center for Advanced Studies (CEAC) have implemented a tool to mitigate the impact of harmful algal blooms, a statement from the Cuban institution says on Thursday.
That fact was materialized during the visit to Cuba of researcher Marie-Yasmine Dechraoui, of IAEA Radioecology Laboratory, CEAC communicator Maikel Hernandez states in a note. During her stay in Cuba, Dechraoui worked along with Cuban specialist Lisbet Diaz. The objective was to implement the nuclear-based technique Receptor Binding Assay (RBA), a fast and accurate tool to early detect harmful algal blooms. Both experts agreed on a protocol for the practical implementation of the trial taking into account the lab conditions of the research center, located in the central province of Cienfuegos. Dechraoui and Diaz also agreed protocols for the safe management of radioactive sources and the periodic control of contamination, the text says. As of this joint work, CEAC for the first time has a tool to quantify the toxicity associated with ciguatoxins in crude extracts of fish or microalgae, very useful in the risk assessments for 'ciguatera fish poisoning' in Cuba. The visit was materialized in the context of the Project RLA7022: Strengthening regional monitoring and response for sustainable marine and coastal environments. RLA7022 aims to establish and position a surveillance and response network to assist national competent authorities in the sustainability of the marine and coastal environments in the Caribbean region.