Toxicity Testing Projects

Aquatic Bioassay Biologists have performed tens of thousands of bioassays since 1976 and currently conduct tests for most of the 12 Regional Water Quality Control Board Districts in California, making us one of the most experienced group of bioassay biologists in the State. Highlights of some of our work are described below:

Marine Acute and Chronic Bioassays.

Aquatic Bioassay Biologists were the first commercial group of scientists to successfully perform the chronic abalone larval bioassay designed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Our testing organisms include mysid shrimp, silversides minnows, topsmelt, sea urchins, abalone, bivalves, kelp, and amphipods. Aquatic Bioassay has been conducting multi-species studies for such groups as NRG Energy, PG&E, Cal Trans, Pacific Operators Offshore, Orange County, San Luis Obispo County, Cities of Oxnard, Avalon, Pismo Beach, Summerland, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, just to name a few.

Freshwater Acute and Chronic Bioassays.

Aquatic Bioassay routinely conducts freshwater and marine chronic tests for numerous public agencies and sanitary districts throughout the state. Some of those clients are Los Angeles County, County of Orange, Cities of Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ojai, Ventura, Lompoc, Moorpark, Riverside, Victor Valley, Santa Barbara, Yuba City, Valley Sanitation District, Encina Wastewater Authority. Test species include fathead minnows, green algae, rainbow trout, water fleas, and other daphnids.