Shellfish toxins alerts lifted at coastal sites

Published Date: 

18 Jul 2017 - 10:36

ALERTS have been lifted at three coastal areas where raised levels of naturally-occurring algal toxins were found by Argyll and Bute Council.

The Council’s Environmental Health team carries out regular monitoring to ensure the quality of Argyll and Bute’s shellfish remains high.

This monitoring had found raised levels at Loch Melfort, Seil Sound and Ardkinglas at Loch Fyne, and the public was asked not to harvest shellfish from the areas.

Toxin levels have now returned to normal.

E.coli bacteria alerts are still in place at Dunstaffnage, Kererra East, Loch na Cille, Loch Riddon, Kerrera West, Kilfinchen Bay, Castle Stalker, Oitor Mhor Bay and Campbeltown Loch.

Warning notices have been posted along the shores and will be removed when levels return to normal levels.

In the meantime, the public is asked not to harvest shellfish – such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish – from these areas.