Warning on algal toxins

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Published Date: 

27 Apr 2015 - 17:05

Routine shellfish toxin monitoring work by the Argyll and Bute Council’s environmental health service has identified raised levels of naturally-occurring algal toxins in several areas within Argyll and Bute.

Areas affected are - Loch Fyne, Ardcastle Bay, Stonefield Bay, Otter Ferry, Loch Striven, Kilbrannan Sound (Campbeltown Loch), Kildalloig Bay, Carradale Bay, Machrie Bay (Arran), Saddell Bay, Pirnmill (Arran).       

These naturally-occurring toxins may be harmful to health, and accumulate in molluscs such as mussels, oysters and razor clams. When levels breach statutory limits, harvesting of affected species is prohibited.                                                                                          

Commercial shellfish harvesters are advised to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside. Casual gatherers are advised not to pick shellfish from areas subject to toxic algal blooms until those blooms have subsided. 

For further information please contact Argyll and  Bute Council on 01546 605519 or FSA on 01224 285157 or Jennifer.howie@foodstandards.gsi.gov.uk