Algal Bloom Killing Fish, Shellfish Off West Coast – Afloat.ie
August 2nd, 2012 | by Nancy Hearne
MARINE WILDLIFE – An algal bloom off the west coast of Ireland is responsible for significant fish and shellfish kills from Galway to Donegal, according to the Marine Institute.
As The Irish Times reports, as much as 80% of stocks have been affected on Donegal oyster farms, and the bloom is also impacting negatively on angling tourism in the west and northwest.
The algae responsible, karenia mikimotai, occurs naturally in Ireland’s coastal waters during the summer months and his harmless to humans, but contains a “toxic irritant” that damages the gills of fish, shellfish and other marine species.
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