Mass crab die-off: Expert panel dismisses DEFRA algal bloom explanation, suggests novel pathogen as possible cause

The cause of the mass crab die-off on the Teesside coast is unlikely to have been a harmful algal bloom, as first suggested by DEFRA, but even less likely to have been chemical contamination, according to an expert panel set up by the government to weigh up the contested evidence.

by Tess Colley

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