A SHELLFISH bed in Lyme Bay has been temporarily closed for public health reasons.
Dorset Council is currently unable to access samples for the purpose of monitoring marine biotoxins, phytoplankton and E-coli.
In the interest of protecting public health, the council in line with advice from the Food Standards Agency, has taken the decision to temporarily close the shellfish bed at Lyme Bay (SY66577393) for razor clams.
Collection of affected animals from an area which is temporarily closed amounts to the commission of a criminal offence under regulation 19 of the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013. On conviction, a fine or imprisonment for a term of up to two years or both might be imposed.
As there might be a risk to health, private individuals are strongly advised not to gather shellfish as specified above from these areas for their own consumption.