Domoic Acid Poses Threat to Marine Communities

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Article courtesy of Science Daily and NOAA Headquarters | January 10th, 2017 | Science Daily | Shared as educational material.

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Pollutant derived domoic acid is increasingly accumulating in shellfish in ocean waters off the coasts of Oregon and Washington. This is threatening the ocean’s food web. Domoic acid, produced by certain types of marine algae, can accumulate in shellfish, fish and other marine animals. Public health agencies and seafood managers closely monitor toxin levels and impose harvest closures where necessary to ensure that seafood remains safe to eat. Read more about the issue here:

Journal Reference: S. Morgaine McKibben, William Peterson, A. Michelle Wood, Vera L. Trainer, Matthew Hunter, Angelicque E. White. Climatic regulation of the neurotoxin domoic acid. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017; 201606798 DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1606798114

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