Bio-toxins in wild Tasmanian shellfish warning

Bio-toxins in wild Tasmanian shellfish warning

Danger: Do not eat wild shellfish from Great Oyster Bay, Great Swanport, Nubeena/Wedge Bay and the east coast of Bruny Island including Adventure Bay

This warning was update on 17 July 2017 and remains current

Toxic algal blooms are present in Great Oyster Bay, Great Swanport, Nubeena/Wedge Bay and the east coast of Bruny Island including Adventure Bay.

High levels of algal toxins have been detected in shellfish from these regions.

Recreationally harvested shellfish should not be eaten because the algal toxins are harmful to humans.

Seek urgent medical help if you get sick after eating wild shellfish.

Symptoms can occur within minutes to hours after eating shellfish. Cooking or freezing the shellfish does not destroy the toxins that cause shellfish poisoning. Shellfish poisoning symptoms include:

  • tingling or numbness
  • weakness
  • blurred vision
  • difficulty breathing
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea.

Seafood in shops and restaurants is safe to eat because the Tasmanian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program monitors the safety of commercially grown shellfish.

Wild shellfish include: oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, cockles and wedge shells. Abalone, scallop roes and the intestines and livers of rock lobster can also be affected when toxic algal blooms are present.

Ongoing public health warning

An ongoing public health warning about consuming wild shellfish harvested where water quality is poor is in force. See the standing health alert

For fishery area closure information visit DPIPWE’s Recreational Fishing Biotoxin Alerts

17 July 2017