Dead Crustaceans (North-East Coast)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:55 pm on 28th June 2022.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon 3:55 pm, 28th June 2022

This is a very interesting debate that applies not only to the north-east but the whole UK coastline. I am not convinced that an algal bloom is responsible for the deaths of thousands of these creatures. Contamination by a chemical such as pyridine is a likely cause; it is not a chemical that is routinely examined or inspected for by the Environment Agency, but it could be the cause of the problem. Does the hon. Gentleman concur?