How does your toxic algae bloom grow?
Pismo-ites can’t be stoked about the nasty stank coming from their beloved blue. Yet another colony of toxin-producing algae has formed off our coast, and besides offending our olfactories, these silent armies are infecting a nasty neurotoxin into our fish, sea lions, and other marine life — as well as the predators who eat them. (Mmm sashimi!) Sadly, these gross green globs of algae are getting larger, deadlier, and more common. In 2015, this infection spanned 650 ft deep, and stretched from the central coast to friggin Alaska, leading to toxic and dead marine life.
Our Energy Dept and EPA don’t wanna talk about it, but these little green goblins, while natural and normal, are aided by higher water temps, less water movement, more CO2, higher salinity and even more soil based nitrogen — all of which are associated with, ahem, climate change. Unless somebody figures out how to scoop it up and turn it into oil, we’re gonna need your help in speaking up to protect our coast, marine life, seafood … and our future.