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New study: 2021 heat wave created ‘perfect storm’ for shellfish die-off

New study: 2021 heat wave created ‘perfect storm’ for shellfish die-off

During last year's heat wave, also called a heat dome, scientists and community members alike noticed a disturbing uptick of dying and dead shellfish on some beaches in Washington and British Columbia, both in the Salish Sea and along the outer coast. Now, a team led by the University of Washington has compiled and analyzed hundreds of these field observations to produce the first comprehensive report of the impacts of the 2021 heat wave on shellfish.

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