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Neurotoxin That Closed Crab Fisheries Is Declining — But Slowly

December 16, 2015 by Graelyn Brashear

The harmful algae bloom that sickened marine mammals and caused the closure of California's crab fishery this winter is slowly dissipating, while researchers are still trying to understand what caused it to happen.

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‘Unprecedented’ Toxin Spread That Delayed Crab Season Shines Light on Mysterious Algae

November 11, 2015 by Graelyn Brashear

Marine ecologists have long been alarmed at the potentially dangerous summertime growth of the single-celled algae Pseudo-nitzschia -- but there are still significant blind spots in our knowledge and research funding has been scarce.


EndangerBus Feature: Brown Pelicans

December 23, 2010 by Bay Nature Staff

Though California brown pelicans are the smallest of all pelicans, they are still very impressive birds, with wingspans occasionally as big as eight feet. Nearly driven to extinction by DDT, they've made a comeback but are now threatened by mysterious harmful algae blooms.

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New Efforts to Track and Predict Harmful Marine Algae

October 01, 2010 by Aleta George

Nearly every year for a decade, scientists have detected harmful algae blooms in Monterey Bay. These threaten birds and marine mammals alike, and now researchers have funding to develop new methods of predicting the outbreaks.

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Brown Pelicans, Victims of Extreme Weather

January 16, 2009 by Laura Hautala

Recently, people have been finding debilitated, or even dead, brown pelicans up and down the West Coast. Initially baffled, scientists now believe the birds' expanding range clashed with an unusually severe winter storm in December 2008.

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