This is a website about algal blooms in coastal environments.
Inspired by similar blogs by researchers in various scientific domains,
I’m starting a discussion that deals with the state of California’s
ocean environment from my perspective as a biological oceanographer
specializing in phytoplankton ecology and harmful algal blooms. I should
have started this blog over the past summer when the West Coast was
experiencing an unprecedented harmful algal bloom of the
toxic diatom Pseudo-nitzschia
that extended from Santa Barbara to Alaska and at
least 100 km offshore. My motivation now is to give a retrospective on
the massive bloom of 2015, its current status, and how
that has led to the delay of the recreational and commercial
Dungeness and rock crab season.