31 Jan '17, 12pm

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While records of the temperature and large-scale circulation of the tropical and North Pacific Ocean date back decades, long-term records of harmful algal blooms along the West Coast are much shorter in length. The first observation of domoic acid in shellfish along the West Coast was recorded in 1991 in Monterey Bay, California, after sea lions and sea birds were observed having seizures after eating sardines and anchovies laced with the toxin. Thanks to monitoring efforts along the U.S. West coast that started in the early 90s, scientists now have a long enough record to correlate the most problematic harmful algal bloom events to oceanic and climatic factors which are measured over long time scales.

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