Sri Lanka probes diatom algal blooms in the Indian Ocean

Algal blooms found off the coast of Sri Lanka are not toxic to other marine life, a researcher at the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) which is probing the cause of the phenomenon said

Sep 07, 2020
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Algal blooms found off the coast of Sri Lanka are not toxic to other marine life, a researcher at the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) which is probing the cause of the phenomenon said.

The algal blooms were found in Dehiwala, Moratuwa-Angulana, Kalutara-Payagala areas and some cases in Chilaw areas about 4-17 kilometres off the coast of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean

NARA has identified the cause of the blooms a species of diatom microalgae. Diatoms are photosynthetic and produce oxygen.

“It was identified as a Navicula Diatom alga which is not a poisonous species, but we found it in high densities than before,” Shyamalika Weerasekara, Head of Environmental Studies Division at (NARA) said.


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