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Red tide sighted
Friday, March 22, 2024

A red tide was sighted during the past week, the Inter-departmental Red Tide Working Group reported today (March 22).

On March 18, staff of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department spotted a red tide at Stanley Main Beach, Hong Kong Island. The red tide has dissipated and no associated fish deaths have been reported as of today.

A spokesman for the working group said, "The red tide was formed by Noctiluca scintillans, which is commonly found in Hong Kong waters and non-toxic."

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) urged mariculturists at Lo Tik Wan, Sok Kwu Wan and Po Toi fish culture zones to monitor the situation closely and increase aeration where necessary.

Red tide is a natural phenomenon. The AFCD's proactive phytoplankton monitoring programme will continue to monitor red tide occurrences to minimise the impact on the mariculture industry and the public.