Raised levels of algal toxins in Argyll and Bute

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Published Date: 

21 Oct 2011 - 16:49

Argyll and Bute Councils' Environmental Health team has found raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins in Loch Striven and Loch Riddon within Argyll and Bute.




Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels or razor fish from these areas may pose a risk to human health and notices to warn people have been posted at various locations on the shore.




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




It is a sensible precaution to avoid eating shellfish from this area until further notice.




Monitoring work is currently being undertaken by the Council to evaluate this situation and when the situation subsides, the warning notes etc will be removed.




For further information, please contact Regulatory Services, Tel: 01631 567920