Ciguatera: a field reference guide.
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Ciguatera is a form of food poisoning caused by eating fish containing toxins called ciguatoxins which come from micro-algae living on coral reefs. Ciguatera is a significant public health issue in the Pacific and in all parts of the world where coral reefs are found. Over the past 20 years, several thousand cases of poisoning have been reported, but this number is certainly greatly underestimated. The negative publicity around these events often leads to a reduction of commerce in reef fish in island communities and also jeopardises reef fish exports (although this is probably not an entirely negative outcome given that several locally threatened reef fish species are endangered by the difficulty of controlling the export trade to ecologically sustainable levels). Acknowledging the importance of this issue for Pacific Island communities, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) have decided to jointly produce a field guide r.....
PublisherSecretariat of Pacific Community (SPC) / Institut Recherche pour le'Developpement (IRD)
Noumea, New Caledonia
Best Practice TypeManual
CitationLaurent, D.; Yeeting, B.M.; Labrosse, P. and Gaudechoux, J-P. (2005) Ciguatera : a field reference guide. Noumea, New Caledonia, Secretariat of Pacific Community(SPC)/ IRD, 88pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-503