A concerned Razor Clam Society follower inquired as follows:
“With closures in WA and, as far as I can tell, all of the OR coast as well as even CA, I was wondering if anyone has access to historical records to see how widespread the acid problem can be – namely if it’s ever been documented along all coasts simultaneously before. I do have access through WDFW to WA history but am wondering about the other states.”
This 2015 article from the Seattle Times describes the last Massive Oceanic Algae Bloom (MOAB) [our acronym]. Mother of all Algae Blooms….. You decide…
In response, Dan Ayres, Coastal Shellfish Manager for WDFW confirms that, “We are sampling every two weeks as low tides and surf conditions allow. The most recent samples were collected on 2/23 and 2/24 with results due sometime early next week.”
We encourage readers to continue to ask questions and we will seek responses that inform.