Raised algal toxin levels in another Argyll and Bute area – Fishupdate.com

Raised algal toxin levels in another Argyll and Bute area Published:  29 August, 2011

Raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins have been identified in Argyll and Bute waters on the west coast of Scotland.

Monitoring work undertaken by the council has identified raised levels of toxins in the Sound of Mull, around Tobermory and Aros and Loch Scridan.

Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels 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 these areas until further notice.

The council is monitoring the situation and will remove warning notices when it improves.