Though common to colder waters, calmer and warmer seas appear to be helping set the stage for larger than normal algal blooms of Pseudo-nitzschia in the Gulf of Alaska. These organisms can produce a neurotoxin called domoic acid, which is monitored for using shelfish tissue. Domoic acid is known to cause amnesic shellfish poisoning, named for its affects on short-term memory in humans and mammals who ingest contaminated shellfish.
To read more on this story by Jeanette Lee Falsey in the Alaska Dispatch News, click here.
Also, see previous blog spot on Algae Blooms.
To read more about domoic acid and amnesic shellfish poisoning, here is a handy link.