Argyll and Bute Council issues warning on shellfish - algal toxins

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Published Date: 

1 Sep 2014 - 12:46

Routine monitoring work by the council’s environmental health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins occurring in one area within Argyll and Bute:

Loch Melfort & Seil Sound

Closed 29.08.2014


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.

The council is currently monitoring the situation.

For further information please call 01631 567987.