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2006-10-16 15:30:00

A new observation and modeling program focused on the southern Gulf of Maine and adjacent New England shelf waters could aid policymakers in deciding whether or not to re-open, develop, and manage offshore shellfish beds with potential sustained harvesting value of more than $50 million per year. These areas are presently closed to the harvest of certain species of shellfish due to the presence of red tide toxins.    Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution...

2006-08-24 07:42:38

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The worst red tide in perhaps a decade has shut down shellfish beds all along Puget Sound and prompted serious public health worries, state officials said Wednesday. Expanded beach closures have not reached the heart of Washington state's large farmed shellfish industry, and the state said commercial shellfish on the market have been tested and should be safe to eat. But industry officials worried that more bad news could further damage businesses already reeling from a...

2006-05-03 07:34:48

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The red tide, which shut down much of the Maine coast to shellfish harvesting last year, is back. Red tide has now shut down harvesting in an area near Harpswell from Dickson Point to West Cundy Point. Shellfishermen say they hope the shutdown doesn't spread like it did last year. "We're all worried," John Lyon, a clam digger, told WCSH-TV. "We don't want another year like last year." Toxic algae bloom, or red tide, infects shellfish and can make people sick if they eat...

2006-03-24 06:47:25

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A lethal algal bloom dubbed "Red Tide" by scientists caused a mysterious mass die-off of sea turtles on the Pacific shores of El Salvador, a U.S. conservation group said on Friday. "A 'Red Tide' event that occurred off the coast of El Salvador late last year directly caused the deaths of some 200 sea turtles," the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said in a statement. WCS said the cause of death was revealed by tests on tissue samples from...

2006-02-20 08:10:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent ST. LOUIS -- A parasite carried in cat droppings may be killing otters off the California coast, researchers said on Saturday. Other studies on marine mammals released on Saturday found that a virus may be causing cancer in seals and toxins from red tides that are a known threat to the endangered manatee may also harm people. The otter study may help explain why populations of the frisky animals have not recovered from the 19th-century fur...

2006-02-18 18:09:18

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A parasite carried in cat droppings may be killing otters off the California coast, researchers said on Saturday. Other studies on marine mammals released on Saturday found that a virus may be causing cancer in seals and toxins from red tides that are a known threat to the endangered manatee may also harm people. The otter study may help explain why populations of the frisky animals have not recovered from the...

2006-02-18 18:05:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent ST. LOUIS -- A parasite carried in cat droppings may be killing otters off the California coast, researchers said on Saturday. Other studies on marine mammals released on Saturday found that a virus may be causing cancer in seals and toxins from red tides that are a known threat to the endangered manatee may also harm people. The otter study may help explain why populations of the frisky animals have not recovered from the 19th-century fur...

2005-09-28 07:14:33

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- While Hurricane Rita struck days ago and hundreds of miles away, the storm is still creating problems on the southern tip of Texas. Rita's path left South Texas hot and dry - conditions ideal for one of the worst red tides in memory - and swells from the storm have created fears that the toxic algae could spread. "The red tide likes hot weather, it likes a certain salinity, it likes low wind," said Sonia Gallegos, a scientist at the Naval Research Lab at Stennis...

2005-07-15 09:34:44

BOSTON -- The red tide that shut down shellfish beds from Maine to Buzzards Bay is fading, but scientists are worried that the toxic tide could return to coastal waters as soon as this fall. The red tide algae drops armored cysts on the ocean floor which act like seeds, bringing the tide back as many as 10 years later. But the cyst can also germinate in just a few months, said Don Anderson, a red tide expert from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod. "One of the things we're...

2005-07-01 14:02:19

BOSTON (AP) -- Shellfish beds that closed because of an outbreak of toxic red tide algae were reopened in seven coastal communities Friday, just in time for the holiday weekend. State officials said recent tests show the algae bloom has receded and it is safe to fish and harvest certain species of shellfish in Duxbury, Plymouth, Kingston, Bourne, Wareham, Wellfleet and Chatham. The openings come more than a month after the worst red tide in 30 years began its spread through New England...


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toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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