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Dubai beaches are clear of red tide, says official

Dubai beaches are open to public and clear of red tide, said Mohammad Abdul Rehman Hassan, the head of the marine environment and wildlife section at Dubai Municipality.

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 10:20 April 6, 2009
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Supplied photo
  • Local fishermen say the red tide is a natural marine phenomenon and does not harm fish or humans.

Red tide was seen off Ajman and Umm Al Quwain coasts last week. However, weathermen reassure beachgoers that the phenomenon is nothing to be afraid of. Local fishermen say the red tide is a natural marine phenomenon and does not harm fish or humans. The marine phenomenon, which scientists refer to as "algal bloom", occurs when algae multiply rapidly in the water and can often deplete oxygen in the water or produce natural toxins.

 

 

Dubai: Dubai beaches are open to public and clear of red tide, said Mohammad Abdul Rehman Hassan, the head of the marine environment and wildlife section at Dubai Municipality.

Traces of red tide were visible on Sunday in small patches on the coastline in Umm Suquiem, Jumeriah Beach Park and Palm Jumeirah.

Hassan said water samples were collected and sent for testing at the Central Laboratory and the results showed no traces of red tide.

"The beaches are open. I would request beach-goers to maintain caution and report if they come across any traces of the red tide. We would like to assure the public that the municipality is keeping a close watch on the Dubai waters to check any further development. This is because the coming and going of the red tide largely depends on the water currents," said Hassan.

Red tide was seen off Ajman and Umm Al Quwain coasts last week. However, weathermen reassure beachgoers that the phenomenon is nothing to be afraid of.

Local fishermen say the red tide is a natural marine phenomenon and does not harm fish or humans.

The marine phenomenon, which scientists refer to as "algal bloom", occurs when algae multiply rapidly in the water and can often deplete oxygen in the water or produce natural toxins.

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