Pollution of recreational beaches of Vlora Bay (Albania) assessed by microbiological tests.

  • Klodjana Bofe Departament of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana, Albania.;
  • Margarita Hysko University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania.;
  • Besim Agolli Institute of Public Health, Tirana, Albania.;


A total of 5 sampling points along Vlora Bay beaches (Radhimë, Plazhi i Ri, Akademia e Marinës, Plazhi i Vjetër, Kabinat, Nartë) were selected and monitored during the period of January 2014 to August 2014. Seawater samples were evaluated for faecal coliforms (FC) and faecal streptococci (FS). Akademia e Marinës beach had the highest incidence of faecal indicators (FC and FS), 100% of samples respectively, followed by Plazhi i Ri (27.3% and 45.5%), mainly during summer. Whereas, Plazhi i Vjetër, Kabinat, Radhima and Narta beaches were in compliance with the Guidelines. High concentration of faecal indicators, at some of these beaches, especially during summer, emphasizes the necessity of periodical monitoring of these areas in order to prevent a health risk for bathers.