Conservation Update: Purple Sea Stars Rebound on Oregon Coast

After facing years of disease, purple sea stars show signs of population growth.

Published May 26, 2016

Earlier this month, PBS NewsHour reported exciting news from the coast of Oregon.

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Purple sea stars, which inhabit the western coast of North America from Canada to California, have been plagued by a sea star wasting disease since the spring of 2013. 

Researchers from universities across the Pacific Northwest have studied the sea stars throughout the outbreak and have recently seen new younglings in record numbers.

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Read more about the resilient purple sea stars here

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