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If You're Eating Shellfish, You're Eating Plastic

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 14, 2017 1:40 p.m. | Seattle

Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh fish in the ocean. But how many of those plastics are ending up in our seafood, and where are they coming from?

Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Environment | Climate change

Predicting Toxic Algae Blooms Just Got Easier

OPB/EarthFix | Jan. 9, 2017 2:57 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

OSU scientists have developed a way to predict spikes in domoic acid off the West Coast.  The toxin can accumulate in some seafood and be harmful to humans if consumed. 

Food | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Ghost Shrimp, Oyster Herpes And Global Warming’s Evil Twin

Crosscut | June 15, 2016 5 p.m. | Seattle

Keeping Washington's $270 million-a-year oyster industry afloat means addressing some looming threats. Here's a primer on some of the biggies.

Food | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

The Raw Truth About Washington’s Oysters

Crosscut | June 15, 2016 5 p.m. | Seattle

Shellfish are a big business in Washington with major environmental implications. It all started with San Francisco's appetite for oysters after the gold rush.

Food | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

The Surprisingly Complex Business Of Putting Heaven On The Half Shell

Crosscut | June 15, 2016 5 p.m. | Seattle

Most people's impression of Washington's shellfish industry is hazy at best. Here's what it takes to put oysters on your plate.

Environment | Think Out Loud

Toxic Algal Bloom Hits West Coast

OPB | June 18, 2015 12:35 p.m.

The West Coast is experiencing the largest toxic algal bloom in the last decade. This toxin has caused many shellfish fisheries to close down.

Water | local | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News

Much Of Hood Canal Closed To Shellfish Harvesting

AP | May 28, 2015 3:15 p.m. | Bremerton, Washington

Much of Hood Canal and part of Whatcom County's shoreline have been closed to shellfish harvesting due to high levels of marine toxins.

Food | Health | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Wildlife Detectives: A Special Report

Go Undercover With Northwest Shellfish Detectives

KCTS9/EarthFix | May 26, 2015 7:30 p.m. | OLYMPIA, Wash.

Poachers are illegally harvesting and selling Puget Sound shellfish in back-alley deals. Detectives are on the case, trying to protect natural resources and public health.

Think Out Loud

Environmental Update

OPB | March 17, 2014 12:20 p.m.

MONDAY: We'll talk with the EarthFix team about China's ban on West Coast shellfish, a lost ski season for Mt. Ashland, and more.

Forestry | Think Out Loud

Environmental Update On Tree Sits And China's Ban On NW Shellfish

OPB | Dec. 19, 2013 12:06 p.m.

THURSDAY: We'll hear from two of our EarthFix reporters about tree-sit protests and China's ban on shellfish from the Northwest.

Think Out Loud

Ocean Acidification Creates Problems For Shellfish Farms

OPB | Dec. 3, 2012 12:45 p.m.

Ocean acidification is wreaking havoc on Northwest shellfish farms.