Blue Green Algae Releasing Toxins Near the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam
July 24, 2015
The Florida Department of Health in Martin County is urging residents to avoid contact with visible algae in waters near the Port Mayaca Lock and Dam. Exposure to water containing algae toxins may cause nausea and vomiting if ingested and rash or hay fever symptoms if touched or inhaled.
Sunlight, temperatures, physical conditions, precipitation and the water’s nutrients contribute to the formation of algae.
If you spot blue-green algae, contact the Department of Environmental Protection at 561-681-6600.
To report fish kills or abnormal fish behavior call Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-800-636-0511.
For more information about cyanobacteria/blue-green algae visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/aquatic-toxins/cyanobacteria.html