We are still seeing Chaetoceros spp. dominate in our samples from the greater Kachemak Bay area. This species can lead to deaths of penned salmon since they are not able to swim away from the algal bloom. Currently, a different species of phytoplankton is causing large scale die-offs of penned salmon in Norway. For more information on the current impacts that algal bloom is having on their farmed salmon fishery, be sure to check out this article
Thanks to all our monitors for sending in samples and readings this week!
For more information on this Phytoplankton Update and the Qualitative Analysis of Phytoplankton Data, click here