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The Swan River at Bicton - a popular spot for crabbing and fishing.

Monday 24 June 2019

All-clear for fishing and crabbing in the Swan River

The Department of Health has given the all-clear for fishing and crabbing in the Swan River to resume following warnings around eating fish or crabs due to an algal bloom that was first detected in March.

However, the Department’s standing warning to avoid eating shellfish collected recreationally in rivers, estuaries or other waterways remains in place as the quality of these shellfish for consumption cannot be guaranteed.

Shellfish includes oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, scallops, cockles and razor clams.

During the incident, we worked closely with a select group of volunteer recreational fishers and other government agencies to monitor the algal bloom and now the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will continue to monitor algae levels within the Swan and Canning Rivers.

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