Research and analysis

A literature review of the potential health effects of marine microalgae and macroalgae

This report reviews the evidence regarding potential human health risks in bathing waters in the UK posed by phytoplankton, cyanobacteria and macroalgae.

Documents

A literature review of the potential health effects of marine microalgae and macroalgae

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A literature review of the potential health effects of marine microalgae and macroalgae

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The objectives of the literature review were to review existing scientific knowledge of marine macroalgae and microalgae, and the potential health risks posed by direct contact in relation to bathing waters and recreation and to identify serious gaps in existing knowledge which would compromise the Environment Agency’s ability to comply with Articles 8 and 9 of the revised Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC.

Published 1 October 2009