Council issues shellfish warning for loch near Bute

ARGYLL and Bute Council’s environmental health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins during monitoring work in Loch Striven, north of Rothesay Bay.

Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters 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.

The council has also contacted commercial shellfish harvesters in the area, with steps taken to postpone harvesting until the algae levels subside.

The council has advised the public to take the “sensible precaution” of avoiding eating shellfish from the area until further notice.

The council’s monitoring work continues and, when the situation changes, the warning notices will be removed.