Algae Bloom in California Shutting Down All Fishing

by Rachel Baker on June 22, 2015

Commercial and recreational fishing has been shut down on the West Coast from California to Washington due to one of the largest toxic algae blooms ever seen off the coast of California.

It seems like California just can’t really get a break, between droughts, wildfires and now the algae bloom. Hang in there Californians…

Read More: Toxic algae bloom shuts down West Coast fisheries.

The algae, pseudo-nitzschia, is a food source for small fish such as anchovies and sardines as well shellfish but it releases a neurotoxin called domoic acid that has been known to kill marine life and is harmful to humans in high enough doses.

Marine life experts are investigating if the blooms have contributed to an above-average number of sea lion strandings in Northern California. Thousands of malnourished pups have come ashore since the beginning of the year and experts have struggled to find out why.

So far scientists have determined that a likely culprit is the unusually warm waters in the Pacific this year, which has limited the sea lions’ food supply since January, according to the Marine Mammal Center.

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