Story: Plankton

Toxic bloom warning

Toxic bloom warning

New Zealand waters are routinely monitored for toxic plankton blooms. If concentrations of toxic plankton become too high, health warnings are issued. These caution against swimming, or collecting and eating shellfish in certain areas. Notices like this one at Manukau Harbour remain around affected parts of the coast until water samples show that the area is free of toxicity.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 30 June 2000
Photograph by Martin Sykes

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Plankton - Toxic blooms', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2021)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006