2 results for tag: algae

Summer with a side of algae

Add Odell Lake and Ross Island to the list. As summer heats up, harmful algae blooms are taking off across the state. Now is the time to talk about why this is happening and what we can do to stop it.

West Coast Commercial Crab Season Delayed

Dungeness crab is huge—it’s our state’s most valuable fishery. But a massive algal bloom has flooded the coast, from California to Alaska, with high levels of domoic acid, which can be deadly to humans if consumed. As a result, commercial crab seasons in California, Oregon and Washington have been delayed. No one knows for sure what caused the algal bloom, but scientists believe warm water caused by some combination of El Nino and climate change are to blame for the most widespread, persistent bloom we’ve ever seen in the Pacific. Runoff from urban and rural areas that get into our rivers and streams ultimately end up in the ocean and are ...