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Red tide fear in Bay after ‘sightings’

09 January 2014
Lee-Anne Butler and John Harvey

WARNINGS against fishing for shellfish in the Knysna area have been issued due to fears of possible red tide, while there have also been claims of sightings off Nelson Mandela Bay.

Despite the reports of sightings off the Algoa Bay coastline, no warnings have been issued for the area as yet, according to Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) spokesman Sixolile Makaula.

“As far as we know it has been confined to the Knysna area. We have not yet received information of it along Algoa Bay. If there have been sightings these have not been confirmed,” he said.

This comes after warnings of a possible red tide approaching Knysna were issued when water samples collected from two key points in the town’s estuary confirmed the presence of phytoplankton in the water.

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