TOXIC AL­GAE FIND

The Hastings Mail - - FRONT PAGE -

Toxic al­gae has been found in the Tuk­i­tuki River again. The Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil has found po­ten­tially toxic al­gae lev­els on the river at Black Bridge near Hau­moana. While green strand al­gae is harm­less, the black Phormid­ium bac­te­ria growth on the rocks is po­ten­tially toxic for hu­mans and dogs. It can dry as mats on the sides of the rivers, and these can also be toxic. Warn­ing signs will be erected at af­fected ar­eas by Hawke’s Bay District Health Board staff. The coun­cil ad­vises peo­ple to stay out of the wa­ter, and walk their dogs else­where.

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