Why did your grandfather tell you to only eat shellfish during months that contained an “r”? This advice that we now know to be myth, comes from the fear of contaminated shellfish from harmful algal blooms (HABs). We talk with Dr. Rafael Kudela, UCSC Biological and Satellite Oceanography Laboratory. Find out why HAB’s are harmful to both humans and marine life and how climate change may be making “blooms” of this toxic algae more common!
Everyday action: Report HABs (red tides) or other unusual marine sightings when you see one. Report marine mammal and seabird strandings as they may be associated with a HAB.
For more information, please visit:
- State-wide Harmful Algal Bloom Alert Network
- CA Department of Public Health Seafood Health Advisory
- Dr. Kudela’s Laboratory
- Annual Mussel Quarantine Info
- Monterey Bay Weekly Phytoplankton Sampling
- Marine Mammal Center
From Thank You Ocean