12 January 2018
Moreton Bay Regional Council has identified Lyngbya (also known as blue-green algae) along the Bribie Island and Beachmere foreshore at Main Street, Oxley Place and Red Beach.
A council spokesperson said council officers are currently monitoring the foreshore and will commence removal of the Lyngbya.
“Lyngbya is a naturally occurring blue-green algae that appears in Queensland coastal water, particularly when the water is warmer and tidal conditions are right for a bloom to occur,” the spokesperson said.
“Direct contact with Lyngbya in the water or on land can cause skin and eye irritation, and people should avoid contact with any algal material.”
Permanent Signage has been installed to advise people not to come into contact with the Lyngbya and temporary signage has been installed at Bayside Drive and Beachmere Activity Centre, Beachmere as well as Beach access at Red Beach.
Council will continue to monitor conditions in the affected area and throughout the region for algal blooms.
For more information or to report a Lyngbya sighting, please contact council on (07) 3205 0555.