The Bay Area’s algal blooms are wreaking havoc for fish

The Bay Area is experiencing a harmful red tide, which peaked in August, yet still lingers in September.

The tell-tale signs are tea-colored water, foul odors and dead fish. Check, check and check.

A phytoplankton, named Heterosigma akashiwo, is the culprit behind this phenomenon. Heterosigma akashiwo is usually found as a cyst set into the bay’s sediment. Under certain conditions, the cyst becomes a mobile organism and blooms. Often called algal blooms, they release toxins and cause the discoloration of the water.

The Bay Area’s algal blooms are wreaking havoc for fish