Earlier this month, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick asked the federal government to declare a commercial fishery failure in his state. More than 600,000 acres of shellfishing areas were closed from the North Shore to Cape Cod between April and July due to toxins in the shellfish from red tide. The declaration, if approved, would make fisherman eligible for disaster funds. But this algal bloom, while toxic, is not from the same type of algae that clouds the shores of Florida every year or kills sea lions in California. How much do you know about the toxic algal blooms? Take this quiz to find out.
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