Eastern Reporter Bayswater & Bassendean
Swan seafood toxin warning
THE Department of Health is advising people not to eat fish, crabs or shellfish collected from within a section the Swan River.
The warning zone extends 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.
Recent water testing has shown a decline in the level of potentially toxic Alexandrium algae but testing of mussel and crabs has detected the toxin so the existing warning remains in place. The warning follows recent testing, which has confirmed potentially toxic microscopic algae at elevated levels.
The algae, Alexandrium spp, can produce a type of poisoning known as paralytic shellfish poisoning, and cooking will not destroy the toxins.