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Toxic Algae Bloom (2019)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana, Mississippi

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2019-07-05

Duration: 00:05:24

Subjects: Environment | Algae | Public health


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Ates, Sibel Bargu Interviewee


This segment from the July 5, 2019, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Andre Moreau’s report on the toxic algae bloom impacting the Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coasts and Lake Pontchartrain. Moreau reports that the algae bloom has prompted beach closures and a ban on seafood from the impacted areas. He interviews Dr. Sibel Bargu Ates, a professor of oceanography and wetlands studies at LSU, who discusses the causes of the algae bloom, the importance of avoiding physical contact with the algae, and the conditions necessary for the algae bloom to end.