Red abalone fights for survival amid climate change

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Abalone, specifically red abalone, has been a popular menu item in sushi and seafood restaurants in California. It’s a sea slug that’s about the size of a dinner plate. Despite a decades-old ban on commercial fishing of red abalone, they are disappearing and not bouncing back. The fate of this creature could be a sign of what’s in store for California’s coast. 


Patrick Krug - marine biologist at California State University, Los Angeles

Madeleine Brand

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