MoAF finds new algae species during red tide in Omani waters

[Oman] The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has announced that its researchers found a new type of algae species, Myrionecta rubra, a part of the phytoplankton family during a red tide that occurred recently.

The researchers at the Marine Science and Fisheries Center at MoAF found the microscopic algae during a red tide phenomenon between Musandam and South Sharqiyah coasts. A red tide is a common name for a phenomenon known as algal bloom (large concentrations of aquatic microorganisms).

Myrionecta rubra are single-celled organisms that are part of the Mesodiniidae family.

The non-toxic almost spherical organism is red in colour and forms dark red mass during blooming. Another type of phytoplankton that has caused red tide in the Omani waters is the Noctiluca scintillans. It is a common non-toxic species found in the Omani waters.

The Marine and Fisheries Science Center has warned fishermen not to catch dead fish during algal bloom as fish may have been killed due to lack of dissolved oxygen in the water.


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