We are seeing phytoplankton blooming throughout Kachemak Bay! After seeing low abundances of phytoplankton in our samples last summer this is exciting news. Thalassiosira spp. is blooming in the inner bay and Chaetoceros spp. is blooming in the outer bay. We have yet to see any Alexandrium spp. in our samples, as far as harmful algal bloom species go. We are sending off shellfish for toxin testing and will hopefully have results to start sharing in the next update!
For more information on this Phytoplankton Update and the Qualitative Analysis of Phytoplankton Data, click here