2011 Red Abalone Die-Off Solved

Laura Rogers-Bennett of the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and colleagues recently announced the discovery of the organism behind an algal bloom event that wiped out thousands of red abalone on the Sonoma Coast in 2011. Laura, a CeNCOOS Governing Council member, identified the culprit as Gonyaulax spinifera and credited the finding to a new form of genetic testing combined with ocean observing data. More info: CDFW News Blog Article and SF Chronicle article.