Searching for Snoozing Toxic Algae

Alumna Ashley Ahearn with KUOW in Seattle reports on Puget Sound's potentially toxic algae, and how scientists are tracking down this menace - while it sleeps: Cruising Puget Sound for Toxic Algae Hot Spots

SEATTLE — Every year toxic algae blooms along the Northwest coast - infecting shellfish and shutting down shellfish beds for harvest.

If people eat these poisoned shellfish they can become sick or die from what’s called Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.

The algae occur naturally but for decades the shellfish industry and public health officials have been struggling to predict where the blooms will happen... Read, hear, and see more.