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Toxic algae may threaten West Coast marine economy for years

[USA] A long band of toxic algae blooming off the West Coast of the United States shows no sign of receding months after scientists first observed it, leaving many worried that it will make trouble for local commercial fishing and tourism industries. Continue reading Toxic algae may threaten West Coast marine economy for years

Sea lion seizures, toxic algae and the nightmare scenario for the oceans

[USA] A sea lion on a Washington beach curls into a fetal position, shuddering. Then it contorts its neck, craning its head into the air, clearly in distress. NOAA researchers in Washington were horrified by this recent footage from Long Beach: Continue reading Sea lion seizures, toxic algae and the nightmare scenario for the oceans

Massive Toxic Algae Blooms May Prove a Sign of Climate Change to Come

[USA] The water began turning a barely perceptible brownish-green in early May, a sign that algae were present and growing in the waters of Monterey Bay. By the end of month, Raphael Kudela, a professor of ocean sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Continue reading Massive Toxic Algae Blooms May Prove a Sign of Climate Change to Come

Encased algae create kaleidoscope of color

[UK] Under a microscope, carefully arranged diatoms form a dazzling display.

Diatoms are single-celled algae (in the stramenopile supergroup) that live in sunny, wet habitats. The organisms come in many shapes and sport natural pigments of green, gold and brown. To complete their look, diatoms extract Continue reading Encased algae create kaleidoscope of color

NOAA awards $88,000 in grant funding to respond to West Coast harmful algal bloom outbreak

[USA] NOAA announced today that it is committing $88,000 in grant and event response funding for Washington state to monitor and analyze an unusually large bloom of toxic algae off its coast.

During large blooms such as this, the algae,Pseudo-nitzschia, can produce a Continue reading NOAA awards $88,000 in grant funding to respond to West Coast harmful algal bloom outbreak

Videos explain how researchers fight against record-setting toxic algae bloom along the U.S. West Coast

[USA] An extensive bloom of toxic algae along the West Coast has waxed and waned since it first appeared in early May, but it hasn’t gone away. Now well into its second month, the bloom extends all along the coast from Santa Barbara to Alaska. In Alaska, the algal toxin domoic acid has reached levels Continue reading Videos explain how researchers fight against record-setting toxic algae bloom along the U.S. West Coast

Researchers study plumes of algae in Sequim, Discovery bays; biotoxin stands below hazard levels

[USA] SEQUIM — An algae strain capable of producing a potentially deadly biotoxin rarely found on the North Olympic Peninsula has been found in large quantities in both Sequim and Discovery bays. Continue reading Researchers study plumes of algae in Sequim, Discovery bays; biotoxin stands below hazard levels