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Toxic algae blooms in a warmer Pacific, endangering marine life and forcing seafood bans

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SEATTLE (AP) -- A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel.

This coastal ribbon of microscopic algae, up to 40 miles wide and 650 feet deep in places, is flourishing amid unusually warm Pacific Ocean temperatures. It now stretches from at least California to Alaska and has shut down lucrative fisheries. Shellfish managers on Tuesday doubled the area off Washington's coast that is closed to Dungeness crab fishing, after finding elevated levels of marine toxins in tested crab meat.

So-called "red tides" are cyclical and have happened many times before, but ocean researchers say this one is much larger and persisting much longer, with higher levels of neurotoxins bringing severe consequences for the Pacific seafood industry, coastal tourism and marine ecosystems.

http://news.yahoo.com/toxic-algae-blooming-warm-water-235254027.html

 
 
 

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I heard the Red Tides could spread all over the world,  killing off a massive amount of sea life, I am not sure atm.

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this happens every year.... ive crabbed and fished these waters my whole life... theres also massive fish/sea life die offs every year because of this algae and someone always ends up blaming it on radiation.  truth is, can tell you were having one of the biggest salmon runs year after year here and those fuckers swim all over the pacific so i dont get it....

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