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January 29, 2001
Contact: Mary Lou Mills,(360) 902-2834

WDFW slates seminar on toxic algae

Early results of a long-term study of toxic algae blooms off the Washington coast will be presented in seminar sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Wednesday (Jan. 31).

The session, which is free and open to the public, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 184 (Cafeteria Conference Room) of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. in Olympia.

Dr. Vera Trainer of the National Marine Fisheries Service's Northwest Fisheries Science Center will present "Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Research Along the Coast of Washington: Predicting Those Pesky Biotoxins."

Her report recaps first-year results of a five-year study of toxic algae blooms off the coast of Washington. The federally-funded multi-agency research project, in which WDFW is a partner, is designed to develop better ways to track and predict blooms of algae that produce biotoxins.

Harmful algal blooms off the coast have affected a variety of resources including birds, sardines, marine mammals in California and razor clams in Washington.