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'Tis the Season - First Harmful Algae Bloom of 2018 Appears

Bad news - Long Island has seen its first harmful algae bloom of the season...

"The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has had to temporarily close a portion of western Shinnecock Bay to harvesting shellfish due to red tide. The red tide is caused by a toxic algae called Alexandrium which produces saxitoxin, a dangerous neurotoxin that cause paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans. Right now, 1,600 acres are closed for shellfishing."

Learn more about this environmental issue and how we can work to improve our water quality and prevent events like these in Long Island Clean Water's latest blog post here.


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