Algal toxins discovered in Loch Striven

This stunning aerial picture of Bute from above was taken on the afternoon of Friday, April 5, 2013 and was sent in by reader Kevin Smith of Kingarth.
This stunning aerial picture of Bute from above was taken on the afternoon of Friday, April 5, 2013 and was sent in by reader Kevin Smith of Kingarth.

Monitoring work undertaken by Argyll and Bute Council’s Environmental Health service has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins at Loch Striven, Argyll and Bute.

Cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a risk to human health and should not be collected or consumed until further notice.

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 have been taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside.

Monitoring work is currently being undertaken by the council to evaluate this situation and when the situation subsides, the warning notes, etc., will be removed.

For further information, please contact Regulatory Services by phoning 01631 567987.