Category Archives: Algal blooms and cyanobacteria

Alternative term is Phycology and Blue-green algae. Category includes cyanobacterial or other algal blooms in freshwater, estuarine and marine waters.
Focus on Australian waters.
Cyanobacteria, cyanobacterial toxins, algal blooms, algal toxin analysis.

Algal problem a blooming worry at Fairfield Waters freshwater lake

Townsville Bulletin VICTORIA NUGENT  November 21, 2014

RESIDENTS are being warned to stay out of a freshwater lake at Fairfield Waters after a toxic blue-green algae killed 21 fish.
Water tests were carried out this week after a resident contacted Townsville City Council about the floating fish.
Deputy mayor Vern Veitch said algal blooms were common in the city’s lake during hot weather when water levels dropped.

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OZWATER’15 – Call for Papers

The Australian Water Association is calling for abstract submissions worldwide to present at its premier international water conference & exhibition, Ozwater’15 in Adelaide next year.

The overarching theme for Ozwater’15 is ‘Water for Growth and Prosperity’. Themes include water recycling, management of water in food and beverage processing, management of water in mining, fuel, gas and power generation, health and safety, climate change and water security.

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Tense wait for Tasmanian oyster producers

ABC News 7 July 2014

Tasmanian shellfish growers will have to wait until Wednesday to hear if a harmful paralytic toxin, carried by algae, has spread.

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Register for the new CKN (Clinicians’ Knowledge Network)

Queensland Health’s new CKN is now available.  The CKN provides access to a range of Point of Care resources as well as Medicines resources such as MIMS Online and Micromedex.

The new CKN has been designed for more modern web browsers, giving you better access to journals and other resources.  It is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox which is provided on all Qld Health computers.  Please don’t use Internet Explorer 6 (IE6).

If you have old CKN links saved in your web browser bookmarks or favourites you will need to update them. Your old saved links will no longer work.

To access the new CKN from home or off-site, you will need to re-register.

Click here to re-register for CKN access

Oyster farmers stop production after toxin found in shellfish

ABC News 5 July 2014

Two oyster growers on Tasmania’s east coast have stopped production after the discovery of a shellfish toxin in the area.

People have been warned not to eat wild shellfish from the Great Oyster Bay area on the east coast and Norfolk Bay in Tasmania’s south.  Health authorities discovered the potentially fatal toxin during routine testing.  There have been no reports of anyone eating contaminated fish.

The toxins are from the same type of algal bloom that forced a worldwide recall of east coast mussels two years ago, costing the state $23 million.

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Health warning issued over shellfish toxins in Great Oyster Bay and Norfolk Bay

Science Talks to Industry – Water RA Research Symposium

16-17 July 2014;  Olderfleet Building, 477 Collins Street Melbourne

This two-day event will provide updates on some exciting industry-funded and relevant research involving leading Australian and international teams.
The keynote speaker on day one is Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb. Also on day one is the second Extreme Event Hypothetical – a must for Industry decision-makers.

Download full program here

Register on the website

Extreme Event hypothetical flyer


Bremer Bay algal bloom sparks health alert

ABC News 16 April 2014

Health authorities are urging people to be cautious around an algal bloom in a Bremer Bay (WA) waterway that has turned the water a bright orange colour.

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