Argyll and Bute Council issues warning on shellfish: algal toxins

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Published Date: 

5 Jun 2014 - 17:12

Routine monitoring work by Argyll and Bute Council has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins in one area of Argyll and Bute, details below:


Kilbrannan Sound

  • Kildalloig Bay
  • Carradale Bay
  • Machrie Bay (Arran)
  • Saddell Bay
  • Pirnmill (Arran)

Closed 02.06.14


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 along the shore.


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


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


The council is currently monitoring the situation and, when the high toxin levels subside, the warning notices will be removed.


For further information, please call 01631 567987