Toxic Algae Bloom Poisons Marine Life From California to Alaska

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Scientists report that an algae bloom spreading from California to Alaska is poisoning marine life and has quickly become one of the most toxic blooms they've ever seen. Abnormally warm water temperatures are allowing the bloom, which produces a dangerous neurotoxin, to grow quickly -- up to 40 miles wide in some parts. Crab fisheries and the anchovy market have already been affected. We'll talk to scientists who are tracking the toxic bloom about its impact on marine life and humans.


Raphael Kudela, professor of ocean sciences and chair of ocean health at UC Santa Cruz and leader of a regional project that monitors the waters in Monterey Bay and Southern California

Vera Trainer, scientist, marine biotoxic program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center