Wild Shellfish - East Coast of Tasmania from Binalong Bay to Dunalley and Huon region

Wild Shellfish - East Coast of Tasmania from Binalong Bay to Dunalley and Huon region

Danger: Do not eat wild shellfish from the East Coast region between Binalong bay south to Dunalley, or from the Huon region in Southern Tasmania

Do not eat wild shellfish - toxic algal bloomThis warning was issued on 26 September 2018 and remains current.

Toxic algal blooms (also known as harmful algal blooms) are present in waters:

  • along the East Coast of Tasmania, and
  • in the Huon Region from Verona Sands south to Cockle Creek.

Algal toxins have been detected in shellfish from these areas.

Wild shellfish should not be collected and eaten from these areas because the algal toxins in these shellfish are harmful to humans..

Shellfish in other parts of the extensive coastline, in areas not subject to regular testing, may potentially be affected.  It is therefore safest not to collect or eat wild shellfish from any part of the east or southern coast.

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

Symptoms of shellfish poisoning 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 (tomalley) of rock lobster can also be affected when toxic algal blooms are present. View here for DPIPWE’s Recreational Fishing Biotoxin Alerts.

Related: Standing Health Alert - Do Not eat wild shellfish