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Gulf of Maine Algal Blooms Extent Predicted Similar to Last Three Years
Description: New England's spring and summer harmful algal blooms will be similar in extent to those of the past three years, according to the 2015 Gulf of Maine seasonal forecast. A type of harmful algal bloom (HAB) caused by the alga Alexandrium fundyense produces red tides and a toxin that can lead to paralytic shellfish poisoning, which can result in serious or even fatal illness in humans who eat contaminated shellfish. In 2005, an unusually large event caused $23 million in lost shellfish sales in Massachusetts and Maine. [Source: The Fish Site]
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Source: The Fish Site
Publish Date: 5/14/2015
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