Algal bloom reaches record levels

June 28, 2015

Algae bloomA harmful algal bloom that runs from the Central Coast of California to Washington State, has reached an unprecedented size. The concentrations of domoic acid appear to be the highest ever recorded along California’s Central Coast. [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

As a result, officials are warning people not to eat recreationally harvested mussels and clams, commercially caught anchovies and sardines, or the internal organs of commercially or recreationally caught crab taken from the waters off Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

Oregon has closed the entire coast to clamming and the northern Oregon coast to shellfish harvesting.

Its not completely clear yet whether there is a connection between this and the warm water offshore. UCSC oceanographers are attempting to find links between warming ocean temperatures and the massive harmful algal bloom.



  1. Ted Slanders says:

    I have been trying to preach that when one goes against the Hebrew Christian God, things will happen that are detrimental to our society. Once again, our God is giving us a wake up call to follow ALL of his inspired word in the bible, and in part, we’re not to eat shellfish, period! Therefore He is making them poisonous to show us that He is in control.

    “But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you.” (Leviticus 11:10 )

    In the above godly passage, shellfish are right in the Wheelhouse, sorry.

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    • Vagabond says:

      Thank Bacchus I’m not a Christian! Pass the clam chowder mon!

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  2. Vagabond says:

    Too bad they don’t fact check stuff. Oregon has had limited closures but has reopened some

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  3. Black_Copter_Pilot says:

    The last huge red-tide was in 1998…..year of the big El Niño. I’d guess that there is a connection”…….no one to blame here, just Mother Nature flexing her muscles.

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    • Rich in MB says:

      Now wait a second.
      Nature doesn’t cause herself problems like this….she’s in perfect balance.
      We all know that only the evil greedy actions of man/corporation can cause death scenes like this, surely exasperated by the Citizens United ruling!

      El Nino is a Hater.

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    • kayaknut says:

      Come on this is California there is always someone to blame and sue for everything.

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      • kayaknut says:

        Or create a new government agency or board so they can tax someone to support their salaries

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