This week Kachemak Bay phytoplankton were sparse at almost all sampled locations. In 2018 & 2019 we saw a similar abundance fluctuation during the same time period in the inner bay, one week of abundant phytoplankton in late August preceded and followed by several weeks of sparse phytoplankton. We shall see what next week looks like.
Although Dinophysis is present at most sample sites this week it was far below bloom levels at all sample locations.
Additional information, including qualitative analysis of phytoplankton data, is available in the Phytoplankton Update for Aug. 28th – Sep. 3rd.