Shellfish are critical to the culture, economy and ecology of Puget Sound. They shape habitats, provide food for humans and other species, and perform water-filtering functions important to all organisms that live in or near the Sound. Ensuring safe and wholesome shellfish for consumption relies on water free of terrestrial and legacy pollutants and toxins from harmful algal blooms (HABs). In response to the threat HABs present to human health and shellfish harvests along Puget Sound, NOAA created the SoundToxins program in 2006. SoundToxins is designed as a cost-effective citizen- and industry-based monitor-ing program to provide enough warning of HAB events to enable early or selective harvesting of seafood, which ultimately minimizes health risks and reduces economic losses.
Sound Water Stewards presents a talk by SoundToxins Lyndsey Claassen on Monday, April 2, 10:45am at Cama Center, Cama Beach State Park.
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