New advice issued to prevent palytoxin poisoning

Publication Date: 05 April 2018

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA), working with Health Protection Scotland and colleagues, has produced guidance to help marine aquarium hobbyists protect themselves against palytoxin poisoning. Palytoxin is produced by some species of soft marine corals and the greatest risk of palytoxin poisoning comes from exposing the slime coating produced by corals to air. The guidance provides advice on safe handling of corals, as well as advice on the appropriate clean-up procedures to be followed in the event of an incident.

The information leaflet is available on the OATA website at