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Garden Route National Park goers urged to suspend water activities

The region is among the worst affected areas with red tide sightings from Algoa Bay to Mossel Bay.

FILE: The phenomenon is caused by microscopic phytoplankton rising to the ocean’s surface, giving the water a reddish-brown hue. Picture: Freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - The Garden Route National Park has advised beach goers to suspend various water activities due to the red tide along the coast.

The region is among the worst affected areas, with red tide sightings from Algoa Bay to Mossel Bay since the weekend.

The natural phenomenon is caused by microscopic phytoplankton rising to the ocean's surface, giving the water a reddish-brown hue.

Meanwhile, the park's Nandi Mgwadlamba has cautioned holiday makers not to sample seafood affected by the tides.

"We've asked all the fishermen not to fish. Warning signs are out there in terms of signage and we've also cautioned people not to eat fish that washes out of the sea."

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