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A collection of blue swimmer crab, rock lobster and shells
Restrictions include fishing for crabs, rock lobster and shells within one klilometre of the Cape Peron ocean outlet. Illustrations ©R.Swainston/anima.net.au
Thursday 5 April 2018

Cape Peron ocean outlet safety warning

​Water Corporation has issued a precautionary notice, advising people not to swim, dive, kayak or fish within a one kilometre radius of the outlet of the Cape Peron Ocean Outlet until further notice.

The fishing restriction includes shell-fishing, crabbing and crayfishing.

The outlet lies four kilometres offshore from Cape Peron, in a channel 20 metres deep.

The precautionary advice comes after recent sampling from Water Corporation’s Perth Long Term Ocean Outlet Monitoring Program showed elevated microbiology in the marine environment off Cape Peron.

The elevated levels are the result of work associated with a major upgrade currently under way at the Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

Water Corporation expects the quality of wastewater leaving the plant to significantly improve over the next month.

Further sampling is under way which will determine when the precautionary advice can be lifted.

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