ALGAL TOXIN MONITORING AND SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME
SHELLFISH SAMPLE COLLECTION PROTOCOL
Shellfish samples should be collected from identified sites at the stated frequency.
The sites and collection frequency may change depending on prevalence of algal toxins,
but any changes will be notified in advance.
Ideally, samples should be collected on the Monday or Tuesday of the week and posted to
integrin advanced biosystems Ltd using the sample kits provided.
Sample size should be sufficient to provide 100g of flesh for each test (ASP, PSP and
This is typically achieved by the following number of animals:
Oysters (Pacific or native)
(Buccinum spp) 15-20
Shellfish must be placed in the plastic bags provided, closed with the cable ties, and with a
completed self-adhesive label attached to each bag.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU FREEZE YOUR COOL-PACKS BEFORE PLACING
THEM IN THE SAMPLE BOXES.
Please line the box with the insulating foam provided.
Please ensure that the Sample Submission Form overleaf is completed for every site and
that the form is placed in the document wallet in the box being sent to Integrin.
The bagged samples should be placed in the box provided, along with a pre-chilled cool
pack which should be wrapped in the blue paper towel provided, to absorb any moisture.
The boxes must be sealed with adhesive tape and a prepaid postage label attached to the
box before posting.
If you have any queries or problems, please contact: