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Shareworthy: Yucky green algae? Scientists share tips to protect Boracay’s Environment

March 21 - December 30

Green algae should be taken seriously by the residents and tourists,” Raymond Sucgang, head of the Nuclear Analytical Techniques Application Section head of the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) told Rappler in an interview.

“To minimize algal bloom, one should avoid urinating while swimming at the beach. Also, as much as possible, swim early or at night in order to avoid using sunscreens,” he said.

Urinating at the beach, sunscreen lotions, and outside showers contribute to the algal bloom in Boracay during the first quarter of every year.

“Also, all dishwashing wastes should not be poured in the ground. Boracay’s ground is karstic, meaning fractured, so these nutrients will seep into the soil and discharge as submarine groundwater or SGD” with the nutrients intact, he said in a mix of Filipino and English.

“The ulva mats (also known as the green algae) blooming in the neritic zone of Boracay is an indicator of nutrient load pollution,” Sucgang emphasized.

The algal bloom usually occurs in Boracay at the first quarter of the year, a dry period. Rainy weather decreases algal bloom.

Martin Joseph Despi, the newly appointed general manager of the Boracay Inter Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG), the secretariat of the Boracay Inter Agency Task Force, said Boracay is still safe for swimming.

Read more: https://www.rappler.com/nation/green-algae-scientists-share-tips-protect-boracay-environment/

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March 21
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December 30
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