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28 February 2019
‚ÄčSupport the ShellEye project to receive the latest satellite information on harmful algal bloom events
After 4 years of innovative research and developments, the ShellEye project has come to the end of its second round of research funding and has proved to be a useful tool to the industry so it will be continuing as a subscription-based service.

ShellEye was funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to develop a water quality bulletin service specifically for the shellfish industry, using the latest satellite and modelling technologies. 

Over the last year the bulletin service has been trialled by a number of shellfish farmers and related stakeholders, with weekly bulletins being received which include: satellite imagery of occurrences and movement of certain harmful algal blooms (HABs); expert interpretation of the bloom composition and associated risks; sea surface temperature, wind and current information. ShellEye focused on 4 pilot sites; St Austell Bay, Menai Straits, Morecombe Bay and Loch Ryan.

We would like to thank all who have contributed to the development of the ShellEye bulletin. The invaluable comment and advice from the partner stakeholders has been vital in fine-tuning the bulletins to improve the information they provide and their usefulness to the shellfish industry. Overall, feedback from interested parties has been positive about the value of such a service to the industry for operational management and helping sustainable growth across the industry.

ShellEye are keen to continue the service, to provide shellfish farmers with state-of-the-art satellite information about local waters, and invite you to join the ShellEye community at an introductory rate of £100 per month.

Through this subscription offer you will:
  • Receive at least 1 bulletin a week throughout the monitoring season of March to October.
  • Additional bulletins to be provided on a best endeavours basis during times of heightened HAB activity.
  • Have full access to the ShellEye Water Quality Event Map to better visualise the latest and previous phytoplankton and biotoxin results from the official sampling programme across the UK.
  • Receive access to the ShellEye Help Desk during office working hours.
By subscribing you will benefit from:
  • The latest satellite technology and some of the most up-to-date information on HAB occurrence to augment your own water quality monitoring activities.
  • Information that can assist a more rapid reopening strategy following a closure.
  • Improved early warning capability for certain HABs to support decisions about your own water sampling strategy.
  • Useful insights on the changing risk of some frequent harmful bloom species.
  • Increased consumer confidence.
So if you have an interest in water quality issues in one of the ShellEye pilot sites, or would like to discuss other potential site monitoring, then please contact us at shelleye@pml.ac.uk. For further information about ShellEye then please visit www.shelleye.org.