Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Algae, Phosphorus fertilizers, Eutrophication, Peel Inlet (W.A.), Harvey River Estuary (W.A.), Western Australia

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Larger algae and microscopic phytoplankton foul the waters of the Peel-Harvey estuarine system, upsetting the fishery and polluting the beaches.

These aquatic plants grow in response to phosphorus runoff from drainage, trapping phosphorus in the estuary and using it in their growth. When they die this phosphorus remains in the system to be recycled for further plant growth.

Algal pollution in the estuary can be lessened by reducing the amount of phosphorus entering the system, increasing phosphorus losses to the ocean, or in some way blocking the trapping and recycling processes.