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Feb 12, 2015

04:17:22 GMT--Biological Hazard - Africa - South Africa

EDIS Number: BH-20150212-46963-ZAF

Date / time: 12/02/2015 04:15:03 [UTC]

Event: Biological Hazard

Area: Africa

Country: South Africa

State/County: State of Western Cape

Location: [Eland Bay region]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


Harmful algae off the coast of South Africa has killed more than 200 metric tons of West Coast Rock Lobster, according to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The algae, known as red tide for the color it creates in the water, killed 80 tons of the crustacean on Wednesday at Eland Bay, north of Cape Town, the department said in an e-mailed statement. The total loss is equivalent to more than 10 percent of the allowable catch this season. Harmful algal bloom was detected on Feb. 3 off South Africa's west coast and killed about 30 tons of lobsters on Feb. 9 and another 70 tons on Tuesday, the department said.

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