February 14, 2018

Now that the Blob is Over, Scientists are Eager to Assess its Impact

Kasitsna Bay Laboratory sits on the east side of Kachemak Bay. CREDIT COURTESY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS.

Over the last year, warm water temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska, infamously known as the blob, have dissipated. Warmer water temps are thought to have a hand in massive bird die-offs and a decline in Pacific cod stocks. Now that the three-year period of summer-like marine conditions is over, scientists and fishery managers are eager to assess the full impact of the blob.

To read the full KBBI article featuring GulfWatch Alaska scientist, Kris Holderied: http://kbbi.org/post/now-blob-over-scientists-are-eager-assess-its-impact