**PLEASE put water out for the tortoise in this drought, they are in GREAT need of it.
** Purple Heron taken yesterday opposite Hanna and Nick
** 9 Goose eggs
** Spot the Goose
** ........ and here it is defending the eggs
RED TIDE **Oh dear it is EVERYWHERE - after extensive research done by Alison, thank you - difficult to get anyone to acknowledge that there really IS a problem with the best person locally being Annette at Kleinmond Fisheries Dept and they were helpful at Hermanus Ops Room.
So , eventually from Alistair Bushby of DAFF (Dept. Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry) but head of Marine Aquaculture Research and Development said "The West Coast has been closed for ALL shellfishing but because we are having phosphorescence (seen wonderfully here last night) it is NOT toxic, but it is inadvisable to collect shellfish here until further notice. Swimming and diving is alright but do not ingest a lot of water. What is required now is a good storm to break up the water and therefore disperse the bloom"
Click here to download a recent article on Red Tide
or from the MARD website :-
Harmful Algal Bloom Research
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) cause harm by producing toxins that accumulate in shellfish or fish, or through the accumulation of biomass that may impact marine life, food webs and the environment in negative ways. The number of harmful blooms, the economic losses from them, the resources affected, and the number of toxins and toxic species are all considered to have increased dramatically in recent years. HABs have particularly adverse effects on aquaculture ranging from reduced growth and reproduction to mass mortalities, which lead to significant losses in harvestable resources, and to spoiled or contaminated products.
The needs for research and monitoring are many. New tools and approaches are required to detect, analyze, predict, and manage HAB outbreaks and the associated problems they may cause. The major priorities and needs for additional capability and understanding fall into three thematic areas: Blooms, Toxins and their Impacts; BloomEcology, Dynamics and Prediction; and Seafood Safety, Monitoring and Public Health.
Enjoy your swim!