Warmer ocean water means Massachusetts has to be on guard for shellfish-spread bacteria

WBUR reports on new vigilance in Massachusetts four years after the first outbreak of vibrio, caused by bacteria found in shellfish that was formerly confined to areas well to our south.

It’s 7 a.m. - just before low tide - and Wellfleet's assistant shellfish constable, John Mankevetch, is on “Vibrio Patrol.”

A big part of his job is monitoring compliance among wild and aquaculture fishermen during “Vibrio season,” which runs from May 21 through Oct. 16

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No problem

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Just buy farm raised shellfish or frozen Gorton's. Problem solved.

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Good work by the fishermen/constables

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I'm insanely paranoid about stuff like this so I wouldn't eat a raw oyster during the summer anyway, but it's good that there is awareness of this issue to make sure the rest of the oysters are as safe as possible.

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Solution

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Can't we just market the contaminated oysters to people who don't believe the ocean is getting warmer?

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Training program

Two-week, 80 hour curriculum offered by the MA Shellfish Officers Association, massshelfish.org. It doesn't say if they offer job placement service.

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Any proof of warming?

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Funny, I was speaking with a very experienced commercial fisherman friend today and he told me that Boston Harbor is so cold that there are no bluefish here yet, very late into when they would normally arrive.

Now that the first major hurricane in ten years has hit the United States, I realize the timing is perfect to float "Global Warming" "Climate Change" stories but I'd like to see proof of local waters warming. Anything?

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It's more than just bacteria

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Climate change and warming oceans are not only problematic for the reasons stated in the WBUR article but are also causing harmful algae blooms, and causing many species in the region to change their migration patterns. This article from Yale gives a good overview.

https://e360.yale.edu/features/feeling-the-heat-warming-oceans-drive-fis...

More and more fisherman are taking serious notice of the implications of climate change and are changing their product line up accordingly so as to not go broke fishing species that might not be in the area (or extinct) in the next ten years.

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Fish is infected with Fibrio

It is a brain infection that causes much shellfishness and fibbing about former occupations, followed by continuous spewing of repetitive talking points that ignore scientific reality. AlGorical ideation is part of the pathology, which progresses until the fish is left with jello for brains.

After that, the fish clams up.

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Do you even know how to google?

Oh, wait - that might yield FACTS and REALITY.

A quick search (since I'm not at work with all my data): http://www.gso.uri.edu/merl/ARIR2_pdfs/nixon_etal_...

We have compiled what we believe is the longest coherent coastal sea surface temperature record in North America. Near-surface water temperature measurements have been made almost daily at Great Harbor, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, since 1886 with remarkably few gaps. The record shows that there was no significant trend in water temperature at this site for the first 60 yr of observation. There was some cooling during the 1960s that was followed by a significant warming from 1970–2002 at a rate of 0.048C/yr. During the 1990s annual mean temperatures averaged approximately 1.28C warmer than they had been on average between 1890 and 1970; winter (December, January, and February) temperatures were 1.78C warmer and summer (June, July, and August) temperatures were 1.08C warmer.

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