Shellfish harvesting ban lifted

A government ban on the harvesting of shellfish in the Algarve is to be lifted at the end of May, mainly because there is an abundance of bivalves and the authorities declare it does not justify prohibition for a longer period.

Normally, the ban at the current time of the year is for a month-and-a-half. But despite the large volume of bivalves to be captured, the selling price is not favourable, according to António da Branca, president of Olhãopesca – Organizacão de Produtores de Pescados do Algarve.

Bans were imposed in recent months after toxins that are a health hazard to consumers were detected in the coastal waters, as well as interior estuaries.

The latest analyses reveal that only a species of mussel in the coastal zone of Olhão-Faro is affected by the toxin DPS which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.