The Emerging Risk of Algal Toxins in Western Alaska

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM AKDT
Vera Trainer, NOAA Fisheries & Rick Thoman, ACCAP

Algal blooms are not uncommon in the oceans around Alaska, but only rarely are they harmful to people. Along the shores of the Gulf of Alaska, harmful algal blooms are a known hazard. However, in western Alaska, the oceans have historically experienced fewer impacts from the kinds of algae that produce paralytic shellfish and domoic acid poisoning. This presentation will provide an overview of algal toxins and their impacts and a review of the recent changes in ocean climate that now make this a potential hazard for the coasts of western Alaska.

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