Harmful Algae Kills 200 Tons of Rock Lobsters Off South Africa

(Bloomberg) — Harmful algae off the coast of South Africa has killed more than 200 metric tons of West Coast Rock Lobster, according to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The algae, known as red tide for the color it creates in the water, killed 80 tons of the crustacean on Wednesday at Eland Bay, north of Cape Town, the department said in an e-mailed statement. The total loss is equivalent to more than 10 percent of the allowable catch this season.

Harmful algal bloom was detected on Feb. 3 off South Africa’s west coast and killed about 30 tons of lobsters on Feb. 9 and another 70 tons on Tuesday, the department said.

 

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