The Republican National Guard (GNR) Coastal Control Unit, through the Olhão Coastal Control Sub-Detachment, yesterday, October 2, seized 500 kilos of oysters, worth an estimated 1,500 euros, in Olhão.
As part of a surveillance and patrolling action aimed at the preservation of marine species and the safeguarding of Ria Formosa's fauna and flora, the military detected a man carrying these bivalves, without being accompanied by the registration documents that allow prove its traceability.
A 67-year-old man was identified and his counterclaim was issued for the lack of mandatory registration documents, the fine of which could amount to 3,740 euros.
The oysters, still alive, were returned to their natural habitat.
In a statement, GNR recalls that ingesting contaminated bivalves can cause serious health problems, hence the importance of documents that bought their origin. Bivalve molluscs are filter-feeding organisms that have the ability to accumulate various contaminants in their tissues which, if consumed, can cause various types of poisoning. The catch bans on live bivalve molluscs, echinoderms, tunicates and marine gastropods apply to the general public, professional and amateur shellfish, regardless of the capture process.