Malaysian authorities have forbidden to eat a lot of seafood because of the appearance of containing dangerous neurotoxins microscopic unicellular algae on the coast of Sabah, located in the north of the island of Kalimantan (Borneo), which Malaysia shares with Indonesia and Brunei, said on Thursday the newspaper Star.
The emergence of dangerous algae (phytoplankton) called red tide because the water often becomes reddish-brown hue.
According to the head of Fisheries Sabah Stuela Rainer (Rayner Stuel), the prohibition applies in the first place, the various species of molluscs, but the shrimp and crabs, and coral and fish predators.
"Exercising our department with the State Department of Health for a year monitoring program for the" red tide "has found the presence of toxins in the waters of some areas of the west coast of Sabah," — he said, citing the example of the state capital of Kota Kinabalu and Kuala areas Peña , Papar, Tuaran and Putatan.
According to Reiner, "red tide" is being actively spread off the coast of Sabah. Since phytoplankton is the food for people living in a sea of other organisms, they are also beginning to pose a direct threat to the health and even the lives of eating them people.