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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries
Wednesday 8 January 2020

UPDATED shellfish, crabbing and fishing warning for a large section of the Swan River

The Department of Health is advising people not to eat fish, crabs or shellfish collected from within the Swan River, extending from Pelican Point to Como Jetty and upstream to Tonkin Highway Bridge. 

This area includes the commonly known areas of Matilda Bay, Perth Waters, Elizabeth Quay, Barrack Street Jetty, Claisebrook Cove, Maylands Yacht Club, Ascot Waters and Riverside Gardens.

This warning follows recent testing which has confirmed potentially toxic microscopic algae at elevated levels.

People who consume wild shellfish, crabs or fish collected from the affected area of the Swan River may experience symptoms including:

  • tingling or numbness of the lips
  • prickliness of the fingertips and toes
  • nausea or vomiting
  • impaired balance
  • dizziness
  • slurred speech
  • double vision
  • weakness
  • difficulty in swallowing or breathing,
  • loss of fluids and diarrhoea.​

You can read more in the department's update​.




 
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