An area of sea in Argyll has been closed off to shellfish gatherers.
Routine monitoring work by Argyll and Bute Council’s environmental health team has identified raised levels of naturally occurring algal toxins in Loch Melfort and Seil Sound.
A council spokesman said: “Eating shellfish such as cockles, mussels, oysters or razor fish from these areas may pose a risk to human health and notices to warn the public and casual gatherers have been posted at various locations on the shore.
“Commercial shellfish harvesters in these areas have been contacted by the council and steps taken to postpone harvesting until algae levels subside.
“It is a sensible precaution to avoid eating shellfish from this area until further notice. The council is currently monitoring the situation.”