High Levels of Shellfish Toxin

Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified
raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Seaforth, East Loch Tarbert (Sound
of Scalpay) and Loch Stockinish in Harris.

Eating shellfish such as mussels, cockles or razor fish from these areas may
pose a risk to human health and notices to warn the public and casual
gatherers will be posted at various locations on the shore.  Commercial
shellfish harvesters in these areas have been contacted by the Comhairle 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 Comhairle is monitoring the situation and will remove warning notices when
it improves.