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PSP Toxin Monitoring

PSP (Paralytic Shellfish Poison) is a naturally‐occurring marine biotoxin produced by algae.

It is thought to have led to the death of two dogs (one in Norfolk and one in Suffolk)  after they ate dead marine animals (fish, shore crab and starfish) with high levels of PSP toxins. The incidents occurred in December of last year (Norfolk) and January of this year (Suffolk). As a result of this Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (Eastern IFCA) is co-ordinating the activity of relevant agencies in seeking to establish the source and extent of the PSP contamination.

The level of risk to beach users and pets is low and no evidence of PSP has been found on beaches in East Lindsey. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

Further information on the PSP Toxins Monitoring Operation can be found online here (opens new window)