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Old 02-07-2014, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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A grisly disease is decimating starfish populations on both North American coasts. From Orange County to Alaska, and along the rocky shores of New England, leggy echinoderms are shedding their limbs and "melting" away.

No cause has been identified yet, but researchers are calling it the "sea star wasting syndrome."

What's eating the starfish? Mystery rot threatens populations on both coasts - NBC News
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Old 02-07-2014, 05:10 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Probably pollution.
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Old 02-08-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Has anybody ever gone fishing off the coast of northern NJ? All day long you see one garbage barge after another headed out to sea. I think most of it comes from NYC or the Stamford, Conn. area? I was told that they have to dump 20 or 25 miles off the coast. I also presume that that is not the only areas of our Country that are allowed to dump in our oceans? It would not surprise me if this isn't just natural consequences from all of that garbage.

It always amazed me that when our scientist talk about all of the plastic pollution, especially in the Sargasso Sea, that nobody ever mentions how much garbage we dump at sea.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:08 PM
 
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interesting articles today re: domoic acid from algae increased levels being found in coastal area shellfish, and now fish.

Apparently, kidney toxicity is much worse than previously measured.

Worth doing a google search about this naturally occuring neurotoxin in the food chain.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:50 PM
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Has anybody ever gone fishing off the coast of northern NJ? All day long you see one garbage barge after another headed out to sea. I think most of it comes from NYC or the Stamford, Conn. area? I was told that they have to dump 20 or 25 miles off the coast. I also presume that that is not the only areas of our Country that are allowed to dump in our oceans? It would not surprise me if this isn't just natural consequences from all of that garbage.

It always amazed me that when our scientist talk about all of the plastic pollution, especially in the Sargasso Sea, that nobody ever mentions how much garbage we dump at sea.
That kind of thing ought to be outlawed. The ocean should not be treated like a dump!
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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That kind of thing ought to be outlawed. The ocean should not be treated like a dump!
I agree! But try to get anybody, at a national level, to address this problem. Nobody wants to air this dirty laundry.
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Old 02-10-2014, 08:00 PM
 
Location: League City, Texas
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Interesting. Over the past couple of weeks there have been lots of starfish washing up on the beach here at South Padre Island (Texas).
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