THE SIC’S environmental health department has been notified that there is blue green algae in two lochs in the islands.
Lerwick’s Clickimin Loch and Strand Loch in Tingwall are affected, SEPA has confirmed, and notices have been posted next to both warning that contact with algal scum should be avoided.
Adjacent landowners have been advised of the situation, as have the Shetland Anglers Association, Historic Scotland, Tingwall Primary School, the SIC’s sport and leisure service and NHS Shetland.
An SIC spokeswoman said there was no adverse effect on water supplies at this stage.
Contact with blue green algae sometimes, but not always, gives rise to medical effects including skin rashes, eye irritations, vomiting and diarrhoea, fever and pains in muscles and joints. Toxic algae have also caused the death of livestock and dogs.
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