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Report a HAB

BFBM has various CyanoHAB monitoring and analysis capabilities, which are listed below. These capabilities allow NJDEP to confirm the presence of cyanobacteria and concentrations of toxins to provide accurate guidance on providing recreational action levels and health advisory guidance levels for analytical results.

Field Screening

  • Visual Assessment
  • Field Flourometer for measuring Phycocyanin pigment (unique to cyanobacteria)
  • Algal Toxin Strip Test (Microcystins present > 10 g/l)

Cyanotoxin Analytical Capability

  • Microcystins (approx. 65 variants)
    • Method ELISA
    • Detection level = 0.10 g/l
  • Cylindrospermopsin
    • Method - ELISA
    • Detection level = 0.050 g/l
  • Anatoxin-a
    • Method ELISA
    • Detection level = 0.10 g/l

Other BFBM Laboratory Capability

  • Cyanobacteria taxa identification
  • Cyanobacterial cell counts
  • Chlorophyll a analysis



Example of Test Strip Results

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Cyanotoxin Analysis

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