Raised algal toxin levels in Argyll and Bute loch

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Published Date: 

11 Apr 2011 - 10:26

Raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins have been identified an Argyll and Bute loch.




Monitoring work carried out by the council has identified increased levels of the toxins at Stonefield in Loch Fyne.




Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels or razor fish from this area may pose a risk to human health, and notices to warn the public have been posted on the shore.




Commercial shellfish harvesters in the affected area have been contacted by the council, and steps taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside.




The council continues to monitor the situation across Argyll and Bute, and the warning notices at Stonefield will be removed when the levels sufficiently subside.




For further information, please contact the council’s environmental health team on 01631 567920.