Gut Feelings:  part of a podcast series by MPI called Primary Matters

23 November 2023

Primary Matters – a podcast that tells the stories that matter to New Zealand’s primary industries.

Primary Matters - Hosted by Ministry for Primary Industries ( 

In the latest episode, Centre deputy director, Tim Harwood, talks to presenter Carol Stiles about the routine weekly monitoring of seafood for various algal toxins and pathogens, and the exciting project they’re working on at the Cawthron Institute – a monitoring device to indicate in near real time the presence of toxic algae so that regulators and industry can make more immediate decisions about harvesting.  It's a great rundown of how our regulators and scientists at the Cawthron Institute are working to maintain NZ's excellent reputation for safe and high quality seafood.