West Coast Algae Bloom (IMAGE) Oregon State University Caption This satellite image of the US West Coast taken in 2016 shows dark green colors near the continental margin, indicating blooms of phytoplankton, some of which produced toxins. The problem led to regional closures of shellfish harvest. Credit (Image courtesy of NASA's Earth Observatory) Usage Restrictions None License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.