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

Andrew N Tyler*, Peter D Hunter, Laurence Carvalho, Geoffrey A Codd, J Alex Elliott, Claire A Ferguson, Nick D Hanley, David W Hopkins, Stephen C Maberly, Kathryn J Mearns, E Marion 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
Article numberS11
JournalEnvironmental Health: A Global Access Science Source
Volume8
Issue numberSupplement 1
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 21 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventJoint Environment and Human Health Programme: Annual Science Day Conference and Workshop - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 Feb 200925 Feb 2009

Keywords

  • Cyanobacteria
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Fresh water microbiology
  • Harmful algal bloom
  • Humans
  • Microcystins analysis
  • Theoretical models
  • Perception
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk factors
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Water pollutants
  • Water pollution prevention

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    Tyler, A. N., Hunter, P. D., Carvalho, L., Codd, G. A., Elliott, J. A., Ferguson, C. A., Hanley, N. D., Hopkins, D. W., Maberly, S. C., Mearns, K. J., & Scott, E. M. (2009). Strategies for monitoring and managing mass populations of toxic cyanobacteria in recreational waters: a multi-interdisciplinary approach. Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 8(Supplement 1), [S11]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1476-069X-8-S1-S11