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Date published: 23rd February 2018

North Norfolk’s coastline – which includes a record-setting six Blue Flag beaches – remains open as usual following concerns raised over biological toxins found in dead fish.

Testing remains ongoing but the message to visitors is that any risk is of a low level. There is no danger from the water, although dog owners are advised to keep their pets on leads as a precaution while on the beach.

One dog is thought to have died in December in Norfolk after eating dead fish. It is thought the contaminated animals were washed up on beaches during winter storms and are likely to have since been washed back into the sea.

Whilst it is thought unlikely that starfish with high levels of PSP toxins pose a health risk to humans through handling them, as a precaution people should refrain from handling any starfish they might find on the beach.

The multi-agency response to the toxins – which occur naturally – is being led by the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, and the testing is being carried out by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

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Last updated: 26th February 2018