The SFPA is warning that shellfish in the Castlemaine Harbour area in Co Kerry are dangerous because of marine toxins right now. Photo: SFPA
Under seafood safety regulations, live bivalve molluscs can only be harvested from production areas which meet the classification requirements for human consumption. Production areas are classified by the SFPA according to the quality of the waters. In addition, the SFPA conducts a monthly shellfish sampling programme of all classified production areas to monitor the levels of microbiological contamination. Shellfish production areas are also sampled on a weekly basis for analysis by the Marine Institute to determine their biotoxin status to ensure any shellfish species which are harvested is safe for human consumption.
Source: Press Release