A brown algae blooming in a coastal river, on the banks of a river, in a creek or in a pond is an unmistakable indicator of a brown algae-caused health problem.
The bloom can be spotted in a couple of ways, said Dr Steve Koehn, a research ecologist with the Queensland Department of Water and Wastewater.
“There’s a bloom in the river and then it’s covered up by a bit of white algae, it’s very noticeable.
Then you’ll see a bit more white algae on top of the brown algae, and you’ll get a little bit of a cloud that’s also on top, but it’s not like you see that with a white algae bloom,” he said.”
That’s when we’ll get some more detailed information.””
It’s really important to be able to see what’s actually happening with your fish because we want to be as accurate as possible,” he added.”
We don’t want to go into the fishmonger and say: ‘Oh, that’s a really good fish you’re buying, we need to test it.'”
That could be one of the most common things that people don’t know about.
“Koehn said that in the last decade or so, there have been some improvements to the way the Queensland Government manages brown algae in the state.”
In the last few years, we’ve had a few things come through,” he told ABC News Breakfast.”
It may not be what we thought it would be, but I think that’s because of a few of the things that we’ve been doing over the last couple of years, and we’ve managed to improve it, particularly in terms of the timing of that.
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