15 February 2019

All clear for Molloy Island Augusta algal bloom

The Department of Health has lifted a warning issued back in December to avoid recreational activities in waters north and east of Molloy Island, including the channel, in the Hardy Inlet at Augusta due to a Lyngbya sp. algal bloom.

Recent water observation and testing has confirmed that algal clumps and aggregations have now primarily dispersed, and are only limited to a small shallow water area within the less frequently accessed Scott River, to the East of Molloy Island.

Swimming, wading, fishing, kayaking and other recreational activities in and around the Hardy Inlet, Molloy Island and the Blackwood River can now be undertaken safely.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will continue to monitor these waters and provide advice to the Department of Health and Shire of Augusta-Margaret River on algal activity levels.

As not all waterways are always monitored for algal blooms, anyone who sees or suspects an algal bloom in a waterway should report it to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulations’ ALGALWATCH during office hours on 6250 8064 or to the local government authority for assessment.

Learn more about algal bloom monitoring in Western Australia

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