Shellfish toxins

Published Date: 

18 Oct 2017 - 10:44

A number of shellfish areas in Argyll and Bute where raised levels of algal toxins were found, have returned to normal.  The raised levels of toxins discovered at  Kilfinichen Bay, Loch Fyne: Ardkinglas, Loch Melfort and Seil Sound are now within permitted levels.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Environmental Health team regularly monitor shellfish areas to ensure quality remains high.

The raised levels of E.coli discovered in cockles at Campbeltown Loch and Loch Riddon are now within permitted levels.

However, high levels of E.coli have been discovered in cockles from Dunstaffanage Bay, Kerrera East and at Otter Point (Loch Fyne). It is a sensible precaution to avoid eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas while the levels are raised.

They were found during routine monitoring.

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