Al­gae app

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - News & Views -

AN­GLERS are be­ing asked to help sci­en­tists mon­i­tor harm­ful al­gal blooms with a new app. The Cen­tre for Ecol­ogy & Hy­drol­ogy keeps tabs on harm­ful blooms which can threaten public health as well as an­i­mals. The Cen­tre is ask­ing dog walk­ers, swim­mers, boaters, an­glers and any­one else near fresh wa­ter to record the pres­ence of harm­ful al­gal blooms with the ‘Bloomin’ Al­gae’ app that it has cre­ated in col­lab­o­ra­tion with en­vi­ron­men­tal and health agen­cies. App users sub­mit a photo of the bloom to the Cen­tre, adding de­tails of what ac­tiv­ity takes place at the lo­ca­tion, so that po­ten­tial risks can be as­sessed. The app in­cludes an al­gal guide and all ver­i­fied records can be eas­ily viewed on an in­ter­ac­tive map. An­droid users should search Bloomin’ Al­gae at; Ap­ple users at the iTunes app store.

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