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Thu, 25 Feb, 2016 12:10:41 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Feb 25
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New toxic algae are becoming more common in Finnish coastal waters, according to scientists from the Finnish Environmental Institute (Syke) Marine Research Centre.
A new species of algae has been found in Åland, which produces a nerve toxin. It can cause paralysis symptoms in people who have eaten seafood containing the toxins.
The algae toxins are likely the reason for the mass fish killings that occurred in July in the Ersöströmmen area near Tammisaari. 
The toxic dinoflagellate karlodinium veneficumin has not been found in bloom in Finnish waters before.
A number of dead fish were found in the Ersöströmmen area last July. 
According to Syke’s Marine Research Centre, the risk of fish-killing blooms has risen in the Baltic Sea, probably linked to the summer’s high water temperatures.
Algae blooms are not directly harmful to humans, but they can cause heavy losses to the fishing industry.
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