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Shellfish harvesting sites reopen

 22 May 2015  |  

South Ayrshire Council has reopened the two classified shellfish harvesting areas at North Bay, Barassie, Troon and Meikle Craigs, Prestwick which had been closed to commercial shellfish harvesting since the start of the month due to high levels of marine algae in the seawater. 

The decision to reopen both the Troon and Prestwick areas came following results of further tests, which found levels of marine algae in the water had reduced to a safe level and shellfish flesh samples contained no traces of the PSP – paralytic shellfish poisoning – toxin.

Marine algae sometimes produce toxins which can accumulate in the flesh of shellfish and cause paralytic shellfish poisoning in humans if consumed.

The high levels of marine algae were identified following routine sampling under Food Standards Scotland's Algal Toxins in Shellfish Monitoring Programme.

Monitoring of the Troon and Prestwick locations will continue, with samples being taken on a weekly basis throughout the summer to ensure marine algae levels remain at a safe level.

With the sites now reopened, warning signs that had been put in place have been removed and members of the public can resume normal recreational activities on the beaches.

Further information is available here.

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