The IOC provides the Member States with training courses on harmful microalgae. The objectives range from improving taxonomic and identification skills for research purposes to developing practical monitoring of harmful algal blooms.
Clara Belmont from the Seychelles Fishing Authority was funded to attend a training course at the IOC Science and Communication Centre on Harmful Algae in Copenhagen on how to identify the specific species responsible for different types of toxic blooms. In October 2015, she was able to use this training to help confirm the source of a large bloom that hit the island nation.
“With the training I received from the IOC, I was able to help collect and analyze water samples of the bloom and we confirmed that it had been caused by the marine dinoflagellate Cochlodinium polykrikoides”, she says.