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Toxins in Maine shellfish prompt recall and ban on harvests

Maine's health department and Department of Marine Resources has closed certain portions of the state's coastline to the harvest of shellfish and issued a so-called "harvest recall" because of a finding of high domoic acid levels in samples tested.

Central California beaches closed to shellfish harvesting

The California Department of Public Health has issued a warning over the dangerously high levels of domoic acid, a marine toxin, found in rock crabs and certain bivalves along beaches in the central part of the state.

Northern California crab season to open as toxic algae retreats

San Francisco - Northern California crabbers and crab lovers start eating it up at midnight when the long-delayed commercial crab season opens.

Climate change fostering harmful algae blooms along Pacific Coast

The current climate trends behind the rapidly declining sea ice and increasing ocean temperatures will likely expand the northern geographic range of harmful algae blooms (HABs) in the Pacific Ocean, affecting marine life and fisheries.

Algae toxin now found in West Coast commercial fish

San Francisco - In 2015, record levels of the algal toxin domoic acid were found in samples from a wide range of marine organisms on the west coast of North America. Now the toxin has been detected in the muscle tissue or fillet of a number of commercial fish.

Study: Stranded sea lions have brain damage from algal toxins

A toxin produced by marine algae is causing brain damage in sea lions along the coast of California, causing neurological and behavioral changes that seem to be impairing their ability to navigate in the ocean and survive in the wild.

Domoic acid poisoning alert along Washington, Oregon coastline

Oregon and Washington state health officials issued a warning on Friday asking recreational and commercial diggers of razor clams taken from selected beaches on Thursday and Friday to be destroyed due to high levels of the marine toxin, domoic acid.

Deadly harvest: Toxic algae killing sea life at record levels Special

San Pedro - First, the pelicans started falling out of the sky, flopping on their backs as soon as they landed and flailing drunkenly. Scores of brown pelicans, disoriented, sick — and dying—were winding up far away from their ocean home.
 

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Raphael Kudela  the Lynn Professor of Ocean Health at UC Santa Cruz  leads a team of researchers stu...
Raphael Kudela, the Lynn Professor of Ocean Health at UC Santa Cruz, leads a team of researchers studying the unprecedented bloom of toxic algae along the west coast in 2015.
Tim Stephens/UC, Santa Clara
California sea lion killed by domoic acid poisoning.
California sea lion killed by domoic acid poisoning.
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California Department of Public Health has issued a warning over dangerous levels of domoic acid fou...
California Department of Public Health has issued a warning over dangerous levels of domoic acid found in shellfish.
Kirt L. Onthank / Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
A group of individuals of the edible Pacific razor clam  Siliqua patula  which have been dug up to b...
A group of individuals of the edible Pacific razor clam, Siliqua patula, which have been dug up to be harvested as food, photographed in Quinault Beach, Washington State.
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