Development of real-time instrumentation for the robotic detection of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins in Massachusetts coastal waters

In support of MIT Sea Grant’s goal of a safe and sustainable seafood supply, the PI proposes to adapt an instrument known as the Environmental Sample Processor (ESP) to robotically detect and quantify the presence of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins, in situ and in real time. The instrument will be field-tested in the Nauset Marsh area on Cape Cod. Historically, PSP has posed a significant health threat, and the economic impact of shellfish bed closures during red tide is ongoing. This new technology will provide much more accurate assessment and prediction capabilities to regulatory agencies, shellfishermen, aquaculturists, and the general public.