Fathead minnow egg producing tanks (above). Bay Mysid (Americamysis bahia) cultures (background) and Sheepshead minnow cultures (foreground) (below).
A toxicity lab used for static-renewal testing (right).
Coastal Bioanalysts Inc. is custom built and houses five separate laboratories. Three laboratories are dedicated to static and static-renewal testing. A fourth laboratory is equipped for flow-through testing with sediments, effluents, or chemicals and is also outfitted with a hooded test table for testing of volatile or noxious samples. An exposure apparatus with microprocessor control of CO2-air mixtures is available for pH-controlled toxicity tests, while chilled water baths are available for testing cold-water species such as trout and bent-nosed clams. A fifth laboratory is equipped with microscopes, incubators, etc. for microbiological and algal testing.
In addition to the laboratories, we also have a separate culture wing that houses the fish and invertebrates we breed in-house. Producing our own animals ensures that test organisms are of correct age, free of shipping stress, healthy and available year-round, seven days per week.
All of our animals are cultured in compliance with EPA guidelines; and all pertinent information such as taxonomic identification and source, hatch dates, and acclimation conditions are documented to insure appropriate organisms are used in tests.