Huon region biotoxin warning

Huon region biotoxin warning

Huon region biotoxin warning

Danger: Do not eat wild shellfish from Huon Estuary Region

This warning was issued on 20 April 2017 and remains current.

Toxic algal blooms (also known as harmful algal blooms or HABs) are present in the Huon Estuary region and at Hastings Bay.

High levels of algal toxins have been detected in shellfish from this region.

Recreationally harvested shellfish from the Huon Estuary region 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.

See DPIPWE’s Recreational Fishing Biotoxin Alerts