Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 30th November 1999.

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Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

Question S1W-2402

To ask the Scottish Executive what steps are being taken to ensure that the testing for Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) at all times achieves the highest standards of accuracy; what criteria must be met in order to have the ban lifted, and how many areas are near to meeting these criteria.

Photo of Susan Deacon Susan Deacon Labour

The Fisheries Research Services’ Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen undertakes the testing for ASP. They maintain the highest possible standards of accuracy by analysing three samples of both Laboratory Reference Material (LRM) and Domoic Acid standards with every batch of samples tested.

The ban on scallop fishing will be lifted when toxin levels are consistently below the legal limit and scientific advice indicates that it is safe to do so.

There is a downward trend in the results of tests for ASP carried out on scallops collected from the North Minches and indeed an area of water in the North Minches was re-opened to scallop fishing on 9 November 1999.

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