Project leader is Dr. Monique Pommepuy, IFREMER. She has an extensive track record in European project coordination (Newtech EU project; Virus Safe Seafood EU). She presently heads the Department of Microbiology and Phycotoxin (35 staff). She has head the Microbial Laboratory in the same Department for 15 years and has a long experience in coastal management, impact studies in microbial field. M. Pommepuy is involved in studies on harvesting areas, coordinating the actions in detection, evaluation and modelling the enteric input. She has established collaboration with shellfish producers and co-supervised depuration studies.


Key persons in REDRISK:

Mr Jean Claude Le Saux, IFREMER, has a good experience in surveillance networks of shellfish growing areas (phytoplankton, chemical and microbiological compounds). He has been involved in many consulting jobs regarding environmental impact studies.

Mr Simon Kershaw, CEFAS, is an advisor on shellfish water quality. He has fifteen years experience of marine, environmental and wastewater projects and four years experience in the fishing and shipping industries. Mr Kershaw has responsibility for provision of advice within a statutory framework on proposed sewage discharge consents and water quality issues affecting shellfisheries in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />England & Wales. This includes advice and guidance to the shellfish industry at both a national and local level regarding water quality issues and liaison with regulators and water companies on sewage discharges and shellfish water quality. Mr Kershaw also supervises work on the technical assessment of sewage discharge consent applications and contributes to relevant R&D projects.


Dr. David Lees, CEFAS, is the principal scientist and head of the shellfish microbiology team. He has held this position for 13 years and currently supervises a team of 25 staff. He is responsible for managing a portfolio of contracts in the seafood safety area including statutory and research work programmes. He has an extensive publications record in his specialist area of microbial contaminants if bivalve shellfish.


Dr. Jesús L. Romalde, Associate Professor in microbiology at the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), and the team leader of the enteric viruses research group within the Department of Microbiology and Parasitology. He has coordinated several national projects focused on the prevalence of enteric viruses in shellfish and published several peer reviewed articles on this subject.

Professor Juan L. Barja, PhD (USC) has a long experience on environmental virology as well as in marine microbiology, including aspects such as the development of molecular detection methods for virus and also virus characterization. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />