Rotokare Lake Closed but Reserve Remains Open
Due to high levels of blue-green algal bloom (Planktonic cyanobacteria), the lake at Rotokare Reserve is closed to all users until further notice. The grounds at Lake Rotokare Reserve remain open for visitors.
South Taranaki District Council environmental health officer, Sam Geers says planktonic cyanobacteria is a naturally occurring algae which is a common occurrence at this time of the year.
“The cyanobacteria algae is capable of producing toxins, most commonly causing skin and eye irritation. However some of the toxins could potentially cause sore throats, asthma, paralysis and vomiting or diarrhoea,” he says.
“Any visitors to the reserve showing these symptoms should consult their doctor immediately or contact the Taranaki District Health Board Public Health Unit on 06 753 7798 for further information,” says Sam.
“Visitors to the lake should not collect or eat fish and plant life or come into contact with the water,” he says.