The algae blooming in your swimming pool could be caused by something as simple as overfishing, according to a new study.
Researchers say algae bloats could also be caused when overfishermen don’t properly control the conditions of the water.
The algae bloom, which can cause respiratory problems and even death, has been linked to the destruction of coral reefs in the Caribbean.
The researchers say overfishers could be trying to boost the numbers of fish in the area by using a combination of bait, fish traps, and water-filled buckets.
They also say over fished fish may be able to escape from traps and escape into the ocean, creating the ideal conditions for an algae bloom to occur.
In a new report published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, the researchers say the algae bloom could be linked to overfished fish.
The authors say the blooms are typically triggered by the accidental release of fish into the water, but the fish could also have unintentionally caught the algae bloaks.
“We think the most likely cause of this is overfishment,” lead author James M. Gentry, an associate professor at the University of California, Davis, said in a statement.
“We don’t know why, but it could be due to fishing, overfishes, or poor management of water quality.
In either case, over fishing could cause the algae to form.”
The study was conducted by researchers from the University in São Paulo in Brazil and the University College London.
It was published online by Environmental Science&Tech.
This is a developing story and we will update this post with more information as it becomes available.