Mersey Port Health Authority (MPHA) conducts routine monitoring to reduce the potential for un-safe food (shellfish), being placed on the market. MPHA also ensures that shellfish beds are protected and managed effectively to safeguard public health.
MPHA and other partners such as North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA), Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), Local Authorities and other agencies, such as Police Authority, work closely together in monitoring and pro-actively managing the shellfish beds, not only during the open seasons, but also during managed closures of the production areas.
MPHA aim to ensure that shellfish harvested within of the jurisdiction Authority are not compromised. MPHA regularly provides advice and guidance to the shellfish industry to ensure that merchants and gatherers are informed of the food law requirements.