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Posted: 16/09/2023

Marine Notice No 95 of 2023 - Lower Bann Navigation - Blue-Green Algae Blooms - Advisory Information

Notice Number 95 of 2023

Marine Notice
No. 95 of 2023

Lower Bann Navigation

Blue-Green Algae Blooms

Advisory Information

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise that Blue-Green algae is present at a number of locations on the Lower Bann Navigation. Blue-Green algae blooms can be toxic to humans and potentially lethal to animals, under certain conditions.

Waterways Ireland wishes to advise all recreational users of the Lower Bann including pet owners, both on and adjacent to the waterways, to comply with any notices placed by the Local Authority or Waterways Ireland and avoid contact or immersive and semi-immersive activities in areas where Blue-Green algae are present.

Waterways Ireland jetties and slipways remain open to boating, however the public are advised to refrain from immersive activities including swimming and the launching of paddle boards, canoes, kayaks and personal watercraft. Pet owners should not allow pets to drink from or swim in affected areas. The surface of slipways can become slippery due to algae build up, Waterways Ireland advise additional caution when boaters are using slipway facilities in affected areas.

Please report encounters with Blue-Green algae blooms on the inland waterways through either of the following means:
• Local Authority Environmental Health Section
• Via the Bloomin’ Algae App which is free to download from the AppStore or Google Play
• Through the NIEA incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or email emergency-pollution@daera-ni.gov.uk

Waterways Ireland thanks its customers for their cooperation in relation to this matter.

P Harkin
Inspector of Navigation
16 September 2023

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