Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) have traits of both bacteria and algae. They can be found in almost all water systems in Australia.
Affected water may not be suitable for drinking, recreation or agricultural use.
Health effects of blue-green algae
Blooms can make water unsuitable for drinking, recreational activities and agriculture.
Gippsland Lakes seafood
Blooms are common in the Gippsland Lakes, which can make seafood unsafe to eat.
Reviewed 18 March 2022