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Knysna red tide warning renewed

27 January 2014
Shellfish should not be collected from the Knysna Estuary in the Western Cape following evidence of a red tide, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Monday (27/01/2014).

“Local expert, professor Brian Allanson of the Knysna Basin Project, is in touch with the department of forestry and fisheries to further analyse water samples,” SANParks said.

A meeting to discuss findings would be held with scientists in Port Elizabeth and the results would be communicated to the public.

A red tide is the common name for an algal bloom involving large concentrations of red or brown-coloured micro organisms. These can become concentrated in filter feeders such as mussels and oysters, making them poisonous to humans.

Other types of shellfish, including perlemoen (abalone), are also affected. – Sapa

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