El Niño, Pacific Decadal Oscillation implicated in domoic acid shellfish toxicity

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(Oregon State University) Researchers today reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences a strong correlation between toxic levels of domoic acid in shellfish and the warm-water ocean conditions orchestrated by two powerful forces — El Niño events and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. They say the findings are particularly timely, given the potential for greater domoic acid outbreak occurrences as oceans continue to warm due to climate change.

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