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USSEC Korea Continues to Monitor Red Tide Impacting Marine Aquaculture Industry

USSEC recently visited Tongyoung and Namhae in Gyeongsangnam-do and Pohang in Gyeongsangbuk-do in Korea.  These southern and eastern regions of the country continue to suffer from “red tide,” a harmful algal bloom.  The objective of USSEC’s visit was to investigate the magnitude of the damage and the progress of the red tide about one month after it was first reported on July 15.  About 23 million fishes, 9% of the total fish inventory in these regions, were killed and an approximate 10% reduction in aquaculture feed demand was predicted.  At the time of this report, fish growers started feeding the surviving fishes that were starved for one month to protect against the red tide as the concentration of microorganism was expected to stay lower.  This recent outbreak became an opportunity for local fish growers and related industries to recognize once again that it is critical not to make the environment favorable to multiplying such harmful microorganisms.  USSEC continues to promote environment-friendly and sustainable aquaculture based on soy in this region.