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Seasonal distribution of harmful algal bloom species in East Coast of Sabah, Malaysia

Mohammad Noor, Normawaty and Ong, Fang Sing and Encik Anwar, Encik Weliyadi (2012) Seasonal distribution of harmful algal bloom species in East Coast of Sabah, Malaysia. Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science, 7 (6). pp. 431-438. ISSN 1816-4927

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In the east coast of Sabah, no Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) case has been reported although Pyrodinium bahamense var. compressum had been reported a decade ago. Therefore, this study was performed to evaluate the current situation of HAB in the east coast of Sabah. Samples were collected during northeast monsoon and southwest monsoon at 3 sites (St. 1, St. 2 and St. 3). Physical and chemical parameters such as nutrients (phosphate and nitrate), salinity, pH, temperature and dissolved oxygen were measured. Rainfall data were obtained from Meteorological Department, Sabah. Eight potential HAB species were identified. Ceratium furca dominated the area during both monsoons. Monsoons did not significantly affect the occurrence of HAB species. Based on location, St. 3 has high cell density of HAB and high nutrient concentration. Aquaculture activity and river effluents near St. 3 were believed to contribute to this high nutrient concentration. The presence of potential HAB species indicates that the east coast of Sabah may experience HAB problem in the future if factors triggering the bloom are not managed well.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6635/25371
Uncontrolled Keywords: harmful algal bloom, Ceratum furca, aquaculture, monsoon
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Science > Institute of Oceanography and Maritime Studies
Depositing User: Dr Normawaty Mohammad Noor
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2012 15:18
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2012 15:18
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/25371

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