Algal toxins affecting shellfish in Loch Striven, Cowal

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Published Date: 

20 May 2013 - 11:39

ARGYLL and Bute Council's environmental health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins following monitoring work in Loch Striven, Cowal.

Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from the area may pose a health risk, and warning notices for the public and casual gatherers have been posted at various locations on the shore. Commercial shellfish harvesters in the area have been contacted by the council, with steps taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside. As a sensible precaution, people should avoid eating shellfish from this area until further notice.

Monitoring work continues and, when levels subside, the warning notices will be removed.