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The West Coast’s Massive Algal Bloom Could Be the Toxic Wave of the Future

[USA] Toxic algae are growing along the West Coast in greater quantities than ever, wreaking havoc on marine life and forcing the closure of Washington’s $20 million Dungeness crab fishery, along with mussel, clam, sardine, and anchovy fisheries in Oregon and Continue reading The West Coast’s Massive Algal Bloom Could Be the Toxic Wave of the Future

Seaweed colonizing ice-free parts of Antarctica

Newly ice-free areas exposed by glacial retreat in Potter Cove, Antarctica, are being colonized by seaweed. With glaciers melting, the original white, mostly lifeless Antarctica is now becoming darker and lively with seaweed. These macroalgae not only produce oxygen for marine species Continue reading Seaweed colonizing ice-free parts of Antarctica

Study: Sparser, thinner Arctic Ocean ice enabling new phytoplankton blooms

Reduced ice cover is stimulating a new phenomenon in the Arctic — extra blooms of phytoplankton occurring in the fall, just before freeze-up, in addition to the usual springtime blooms, new research finds… Continue reading Study: Sparser, thinner Arctic Ocean ice enabling new phytoplankton blooms