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Government Gives $476,000 to Mollusc Production in Black River

28 January 2013

ARGENTINA - The Ministry of Agriculture has contributed $476,000 to the province of Black River, which will go towards the purchase of equipment for the Environmental Health Laboratory and the improvement of infrastructure at the Marine Species Hatchery (RAISE), two key entities in the development of the production of bivalve molluscs.

The donation should help the access to equipment needed to meet the health quality standard ISO 17025, allowing for the issue of certificates to join the Laboratory Network supported by the National Health (SENASA).

The laboratory, located in the city of Viedma, studies the toxins produced by "algal blooms" (commonly called "red tides") which affect bivalve molluscs and prevent them from being harvested or eaten.

The laboratory also conducts applied research, development and extension with extractors and transfer to current and potential producers of bivalve molluscs. It is the only one that works together with universities in the region and provincial authorities of Patagonia and Buenos Aires in reference to these fledgling productions.

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