Toxic Algal Bloom Hits West Coast

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A huge toxic algal bloom is forcing many shellfish fisheries to shut down along the coast. The health effects from eating shellfish contaminated by the toxin associated with the blooms can result in memory loss, seizures and even death. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) is surveying the offshore environment to discover what is causing these conditions. OPB talks with Vera Trainer, manager of the Harmful Algal Bloom Program at NOAA about the effects of the bloom and what scientists are doing to find a solution.

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