Public warned of algal bloom presence at Loch Watten, Caithness
The Highland Council is warning the public of the presence of an algal bloom at Loch Watten, Caithness.
As a precautionary measure, environmental health have posted notices next to the water body, warning that contact with the algal scum or mat material should be avoided.
Adjoining landowners and fishing interests have been advised of the situation as have NHS Highland and SEPA.
The Council’s Environmental Health Officers are working with SEPA on sampling to identify the algal species. No drinking water supplies are sourced from Loch Watten.
Posters erected in the Loch Watten area warn the public that:
- Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health effects.
- Contact with the water or algal scum can cause skin problems.
- It is a sensible precaution for you, your children and your animals to avoid contact with the scum and water close to it.