Scottish environmental watchdog investigating reports of toxic algae

An environmental watchdog has launched an investigation following reports of toxic algae in a Shetland loch. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency are making enquiries after blue-green algae was spotted at Spiggie… Loch on the south mainland.

Some types of blue-green algae can cause severe muscle pain, rashes, vomiting and diarrhoea. It has also caused the deaths of livestock and pets.

Shetland Islands Council’s Environmental Health department have warned visitors to the loch to avoid the scum.

A spokesman for local authority said: “Environmental Health has received notification that there may be algae growth at Spiggie Loch.

“Sampling is being arranged by SEPA and results will be released as soon as they are available.

“As a precautionary measure, notices will be posted in local shops and next to the loch warning that contact with algal scum should be avoided.

“Adjoining landowners and fishing interests have been advised of the situation, as have the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and NHS Shetland.”


Photo caption: Toxic algae: SEPA launches investigation.

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