An extension of the bans on fishing for scallops in Scapa Flow, Orkney, and in waters off Jura and the south of Mull due to a build-up of naturally occurring shellfish toxins was announced today by the Food Standards Agency Scotland.
The action is based on test results from the Agency#;s sampling programme which showed that the toxins have reached a level at which there is a risk to consumers.
The Orkney ban has been extended due to excessive levels of Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP), Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) and Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). This ban affects both king and queen scallops.
The Jura/Mull ban has been extended due to excessive levels of ASP. This ban affects only king scallops.
NOTES FOR NEWS EDITORS
- ASP, DSP and PSP are caused by naturally occurring algal blooms which can extend over considerable areas.
- A map of the areas closed is attached.