South San Francisco, CA August 17, 2022 h/t to Joe F
Oyster Point Marina, in South San Francisco, appears to be the latest victim to the regions ‘red tide’ algae bloom as identified by the California Department of Public Health and Baykeepers.
Heterosigma akashiwo, the microscopic marine organism that causes the change in color, has been confirmed in San Francisco Bay, and while some consider it a nuisance, caution must also be exercised. When this organism becomes concentrated it can be toxic to aquatic life, including fish, and may cause skin rash on humans.
The Baykeeper executive director Sejal Choksi-Chugh shared this warning, “Baykeeper cautions against people or pets contacting the brown murky water, or eating seafood caught in the area, until the algal bloom dissipates.”
Have you witnessed changes in the color of the San Francisco Bay? Are you comfortable fishing from Oyster Point Marina? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.
UPDATE: The County of San Mateo offers a regular update on water quality in our ocean, bay, and creeks yet does not have OPM listed