Environmental health warning on shellfish: algal toxins

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Published Date: 

4 Sep 2012 - 09:59

Monitoring work undertaken by the Council’s Environmental Health service has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins have occurred in one area within Argyll and Bute -

Loch Spelve

Closed 31.08.12


 Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a risk to human health and notices to warn the public and casual gatherers 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 567987