The Scoop on Blue Green Algae
Cyanobacteria is the proper name for blue-green algae, because these organisms are actually bacteria and not algae at all! Cyanobacteria were the earliest known forms of life on earth. When first discovered, cyanobacteria looked similar to algae and can sometimes appear blue-green in colour – which is why the term blue-green algae was used.
The Department of Health and the Department of Environment and Local Government work together to ensure that any reported or suspected bloom is evaluated and that an advisory is posted when necessary.