TC PALM: How 'wealthy coastal elites' and poorest are hurt by algae, contaminated fish

TC Palm: Written by Gil Smart. July 23, 2018.

And just like that, our blue-green algae crisis became a socioeconomic issue.

You see them on most local bridges — anglers who appear to be fishing less for sport than for sustenance. There's no way to know exactly how many local fishermen and women are fishing for food.

Given the link between toxic algae and serious neurological diseases, many of them might be at risk.

During a panel discussion hosted last week by the enviro-activist group Bullsugar, two of the nation's leading scientists researching the link between toxic algae and maladies such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and Alzheimer's said they would not eat fish harvested from waters where blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, is present.

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