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Washington State Toxic Algae Threatens Razor Clam Harvesting and Coastal Economy

A year-long shutdown in recreational razor clam digging, a major tourist attraction and local tradition in Washington state, could result in as much as $22 million in lost revenue to coastal counties, according to a new report by NOAA and the University of Washington. Reduced lodging, transportation, and dining sales would also translate to a direct loss in labor income of $13.3 million to residents of affected areas, including a small commercial fishery.

Researchers found that harmful blooms of the Pseudo-nitzschia alga threaten coastal counties that depend on the tourism boom associated with the 7-8 month razor clam dig season on the state

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