The ICMSS is an initiative of researchers from various international institutions, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), related to the safety of molluscan shellfish. It seeks to be a forum for the diffusion and discussion of the advances and trends in this subject. Renown experts from around the world will take part in the conference. Students, researchers, health authorities, producers of molluscan shellfish and interested public in this subject are welcome.

The main topics to be discussed during the conference will be:

  • Sanitary control programs for molluscan shellfish.
  • Sanitary classification of harvest areas.
  • Pathogenic organisms for humans in molluscan shellfish
  • Climate change and its effect on the safety of molluscan shellfish.
  • Toxic phytoplankton and marine toxin.

In this web page you will be able to find information for registration, sending your presentation, as well as the tentative conference program, plus general information of the event.

The ICMSS 2019 will be held from 9 to 13 September 2019 in the city of Ensenada, Baja California, at the facilities of the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE), Carr. Tijuana-Ensenada 3918, Zone Playitas, 22860, Ensenada, Baja California. For more general information of the event, please consult this links Second call and Third call and the social program of the event.

The proposed works haved review by the International and National Advisory Committees, composed of experts in the safety of molluscan shellfish. The Conference program are in this link.

Important News: We want to inform that the deadline to submit abstracts for the ICMSS 2019 has modified to July 5. We also want to remind that you can send them to either to the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the pre-registration page.

Please click here to download the final Conference Programme & Book of Abstracts.




Andrew D. Turner CEFAS


Bruno Gómez Gil Rodríguez Sala CIAD


Hongsik Yu National Institute of Fisheries Science


Soraya Sandoval Riquelme Institute of Public Health of Chile



ICMSS 2019 Notice: September 2018
Registration starts: March 2019
Papers registration starts: April 2019
Final registration date: August 2019
ICMSS: September 2019

Time table 12° ICMSS Mexico

9 - 13 September, 2019. Ensenada, Baja California, México


Opening ceremony


Programs for sanitary control of molluscan shellfish

Jose Luis Sanchez OsorioMinistry of Health, Baja California

FAO Technical Guidance for the Development of the Growing Area Aspects Of Bivalve Mollusc Sanitation Programmes

Iddya KarunasagarFAO expert, India

A new FAO Reference Centre for Bivalve Shellfish Sanitation – Global Food In A Global World

Rachel HartnellCentre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science CEFAS, UK

Coffee break

Importance Of The Performance Evaluation Of Laboratories In The Sanitary Control Programs For Molluscan Shellfish

Soraya Sandoval RiquelmesConference Keynote: Public Health Institute, Chile

Laguna Madre’s Aquaculture Vocation For Molluscan Shellfish in Tamaulipas, Mexico

Zaira Ivonne PadrónMinistery of Agriculture of Tamaulipas

Changes in Aquatic Bacterial Communities, Case; Cyanobacteria in Caimanero Lagoon, Sinaloa

Ana María Rivas MontañoInstituto Tecnológico de Mazatlán

Potential Zoonotic Parasitosis Associated With the Consumption of Bivalve Mollusks in Mexico: Case of the Clam Chione fluctifraga

Jorge Caceres MartinezCICESE, Mexico

Seasonal Occurrence of Pharmaceuticals and Related Compounds in Bivalve Molluscs from England and Wales

Benjamin H MaskreyCEFAS, UK

Public Health England’s Shellfish Proficiency Testing Scheme – What Does the Data Tell us?

Rachel HartnellCEFAS, UK

Pathogenic organisms in molluscan shellfish of interest in public health - Virus

Jesus Romalde

Korean experience in mitigation of viral contamination in shellfish growing areas

Hongsik YuConference Keynote: National Institute of Fisheries Sciences, Republic of Korea

Farm to fork investigation of norovirus contamination in Irish oysters

Agnieszka RupnikMarine Institute, Ireland

Prevalence of Sapovirus in molluscan and clinical samples from Galicia (NW Spain)

Jesus RomaldeUniversidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Coffee break

Prevalence of norovirus in French oyster production areas and approved dispatch centres

Sylvain ParnaudeauIFREMER, France

Norovirus in oyster in Japan

Hajime ToyofukuYamaguchi University, Japan

Pepper mild mottle virus as an indicator of norovirus contamination in shellfish

Joanne HewittInstitute of Environmental Science and Research Limited, New Zealand

Joint US/Canadian quantitative risk assessment model addressing the risk posed by NoV in bivalve molluscan shellfish

William Burkhardt IIIUS FDA

Round table Virus

Hongsik YuNational Institute of Fisheries Sciences

Coffee break

Poster session

Technical and Cultural tours

include visit to the growing area of Rincon de Ballenas

Pathogenic organisms in molluscan shellfish of interest in public health - Bacteria

Arturo VargasCOFEPRIS

Bacterial diversity in oysters

Bruno Gomez GilConference Keynote: CIAD, Mexico

Applying environmental surveillance and epidemiology to manage Vibrio parahaemolyticus risks associated with shellfish consumption

Christopher SchillaciMassachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, USA

Management of Vibrio Risk from Oysters

Jessica JonesUS Food and Drug Administration FDA

Coffee break

Managing oyster aquaculture practices to reduce Vibrio parahaemolyticus risks in the Northeast United States

Stephen JonesUniversity of New Hampshire US

Review of shellfish harvesting area classification: comparison of different frequencies and minimum required number of sampling result

Cesare CiccarelliAsur Marche, Italy

Vibrio vulnificus in Mexico

Marcial Leonardo Lizarraga-PartidaCICESE Mexico

Prevalence of serotypes of Salmonella spp. in shellfish in Mexico

Arturo VargasCOFEPRIS, Mexico

Round table Vibrios

Bruno Gomez GilCIAD, Mexico

Coffee break

Phytoplankton and Biotoxins

Juan Carlos LapuenteDeputy Director of INAPESCA

Certification of Marine Toxins by Quantitative NMR (qNMR) and Isotope Dilution MS (IDMS)

Markus ObkircherMerck, Switzerland

Proposal to implement a monitoring network of Harmful Algal Blooms formed by civil society people in BCS

Casimiro RamirezINAPESCA, Mexico

Current state and perspectives of harmful algal blooms in Mexican coasts

Lorena Durán-RiverollAlfred-Wegener-Institut, Germany

Paralytic Toxin Producing Dinoflagellates in Latin America: Ecology and Physiology

Christine J. Band SchmidtCentro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, Mexico

Analysis of microcystins and nodularin in drinking water using LC/MS triple quadrupole

Víctor MondragónAgilent México

Are Lipophilic Toxins a Contamination Risk for Wild Bivalves From Bahía de La Paz, Baja California Sur Mexico?

Ignacio LeyvaCentro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias Marinas, Mexico

Reference Materials for Analysis of Tetrodotoxin in Seafood

Krista ThomasNational Research Council, Canada

Profile of Paralytic Shellfish Toxins of Pyrodinium bahamense and First Detection of Tetrodotoxin in Mexican Bivalve Mollusks

Erick Nuñez VazquezCIBNOR, Mexico

Coffee break

Structure Elucidation and Relative Toxicity of (24R)-24 Hydroxyyessotoxin from a Namibian Isolate of Gonyaulax spinifera

Isabelle RajotteNational Research Council, Canada

Etiology and Epidemiology of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning in Latin America

Erick Nuñez VazquezCIBNOR, Mexico

Metabolic transformation of paralytic shellfish toxins: Consequences on Toxin Composition and Toxicity Kinetics in Molluscan Shellfish

Allan CembellaAlfred-Wegener-Institut, Germany

International Validation of the Boundy Method for UHPLC-HILIC-MS/MS Determination of PSP Toxins and Tetrodotoxins in Bivalve Mollusc Shellfish

Andrew TurnerConference Keynote: CEFAS, UK

Unravelling the causes of an exceptional marine fauna-killing red tide by the toxigenic family Kareniaceae in southern Patagonia

Gonzalo Fuenzalida Del RioInstituto de Fomento Pesquero, Chile

Round table: Biotoxins

Andrew TurnerCEFAS, UK

Additional themes

for members of Advisory Committees(To be confirmed)

Closing Session

Closing Session; Closing Remarks, Presentation on location of ICMSS 2021





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In this section you will find the link to the web page so you can subscribe for the ICMSS 2019

The website was developed by the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE) as the agency responsible for the administrative part of the conference. If you have any questions about this process, you can send an email to Michelle Fimbres, logistics coordinator of the ICMSS 2019 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).