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Shellfish in Poole Harbour and Poole Bay

Poole Harbour and Poole Bay support a thriving shellfish trade in many species of shellfish, including

  • cockles
  • oysters
  • mussels
  • clams

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Safety of Shellfish

We monitor the safety of local shellfish for human consumption by sampling seawater, and the flesh of shellfish, on a monthly basis throughout the year.

We do this as part of the

  • National Shellfish Water Classification Programme, and the
  • National Algal Toxin Monitoring Programme.

An explanation of the Classification System, together with the current classifications for Poole Harbour and Poole Bay, are given in the following web page: Information on the classification system.

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Registration Documents

Registration Documents provide a traceability system for shellfish and are an important link in the chain of public health control measures designed to ensure that shellfish placed on the market are safe to eat.

A completed Registration Document must accompany each batch of live bivalve molluscs (e.g. cockles, clams, mussels and oysters), and marine gastropods (e.g. winkles, whelks) at all times during transport from the harvesting/production area to the place of destination, such as a purification centre.

Registration Documents are available free of charge, on request from Environmental & Consumer Protection Services.

Important update for Fishermen on Algal Toxins in Scallops 2015

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Other Agencies

The shellfish trade is also regulated by legislation administered by other Agencies, such as the Marine Management Organisation  and  Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority.  Areas covered include: shellfish harvesting seasons, minimum landing sizes, licensing of fishing vessels etc.

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01202 261700

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Environmental Services
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Newfields Business Park
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