Monitoring work undertaken on behalf of Food Standards Scotland has identified raised levels of shellfish toxins in Loch Leurbost in Lewis and Loch Seaforth, East Loch Tarbert and Sound of Scalpay in Harris, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar announced today (Friday July 10).

Yesterday a similar announcement was made about West Loch Roag - Miavaig and Eilean Tenish in Lewis.

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.