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Toxins from Algae Found in San Francisco Bay Shellfish

Posted December 08, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Blooms, of a type of blue-green algae that produce microcystin, are a growing problem throughout the U.S. and around the world due to warming temperatures and nutrient pollution. This microcystin presents a significant threat to marine life in the area.


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12/08/2016 11:20 PM

We had a saying in the 50's when I was growing up on the Chesapeake Bay:

Only eat shellfish during months that have an "R" in them.

If that sounds obtuse, it means don't eat shellfish in May, June, July and August. That's when algae blooms mostly occur and shellfish naturally pick up algae toxins during blooms. Now I don't know about other areas but this is certainly not news where I come from.

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12/09/2016 11:14 AM

Explains a lot.

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