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Liaoluo Bay’s red tides
料羅灣紅潮

Waves lap at the beach at Liaoluo Bay in Kinmen County on Sept. 10.
海浪打在金門縣的料羅灣。攝於九月十日。

Photo: Wu Cheng-ting, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者吳正庭

A large quantity of a reddish brown substance, initially believed to have been caused by oil spills, has appeared at Kinmen’s beautiful Liaoluo Bay. Kinmen County’s Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) and the Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) launched an investigation on Sept. 10 and confirmed that it was caused by a type of algal bloom, which did no harm to the sea water quality.

For several days, the public had seen a strange reddish brown tide at Liaoluo Bay. Since Liaoluo Port, where goods are transported between Kinmen and Taiwan and China, is in the vicinity, many suspected it was a diesel spill.

On Sept. 10, Deputy Council Speaker Hsieh Tung-lung and Jinhu Township representative Chen Hsiang-hsin requested the EPB and the FRI accompany them to the bay to sample the water. It was then confirmed that the reddish unidentified substance was in fact an algal bloom, not an oil spill.

Hsieh said there was oil pollution at Liaoluo Bay in June this year, which was why it was only natural that the residents would associate strange marine phenomena with pollution when they saw it. Fortunately, it was confirmed to be just algae.

Vincent Fu, director of the county’s EPB, said that muddy water flowed into the ocean after heavy rain, causing an increase of salt nutrients, which, combined with ocean currents, led to an algal bloom by the beach. The algae could be seen in almost all of Kinmen’s coastal waters, but there was no need for the public to be overly concerned.

(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)

金門美麗的料羅灣出現大批紅棕色物質,疑似遭油污染。縣環保局會同水試所九月十日會勘,證實是藻華,對水質無影響。

連日有民眾發現料羅海邊出現不明紅棕色的潮水,由於一旁即是金門對台灣、中國貨物運輸的料羅港,民眾嚴重質疑有柴油外洩。

副議長謝東龍、金湖鎮民代表陳向鑫九月十日邀請環保局、水產試驗所到場採樣,證實紅色不明物是球型棕囊藻,並非油污。

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. beautiful adj.

美麗 (mei3 li4)

例: What a beautiful shot of Tamsui at sunset.

(這張淡水夕照真是美麗極了!)

2. in the vicinity phr.

一旁;附近 (yi1 pang2; fu4 jin4)

例: Students gathered in the vicinity of the legislature to discuss Formosa’s history and future .

(學生聚集在立法院附近,大談福爾摩莎的過去與未來。)

3. associate v.

聯想 (lian2 xiang3)

例: He always associates the smell of rice with his father.

(米的香味總是讓他聯想到父親。)


謝東龍說,料羅灣今年六月曾發生油污染,因此村民對於近日海邊出現異樣,難免產生聯想,幸好證明只是藻類。

縣環保局長傅豫東表示,大雨過後陸地污水衝入海中,造成海域營養鹽增加,加上海流蓄積就會在海邊造成藻類的增生;目前金門海域幾乎都有這些藻類存在,民眾不必過於恐慌。

(自由時報記者吳正庭)

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