The volcano eruption on Iceland is not expected to affect seafood safety in fish.

The volcano eruption on Iceland released gasses and particles into the atmosphere. It is, however, very unlikely that volcanic ash would have any effect on farmed- or feral fish in the marine environment due to the chemical composition of seawater and it’s large dilution capacity.


However, there is a potential risk to fish health (not consumer health) in fresh water systems. The main components in volcanic ash which pose a potential risk are: sulphur, particulate matter, fluoride and heavy metals. The sulphur can result in acid rain which may affect water chemistry which is potentially detrimental to fish and other aquatic organisms.


More information about the potential effects of volcanic ash on water quality is available at: http:www.niva  


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