The Tasmanian Department of Health has today issued a warning asking the public not to eat wild shellfish from Pipe Clay Lagoon.

Toxic algal blooms are currently present in Pipe Clay Lagoon, between Cremorne and Clifton. Elevated levels of algal toxins have been detected in shellfish from this region.

Recreationally harvested shellfish should not be eaten from this area as the algal toxins are harmful to humans.

Please seek medical attention if you get sick after eating wild shellfish.

Wild shellfish include: oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, cockles and wedge shells.

Abalone, scallop roe and the intestines and livers (tomalley) of rock lobster can also be affected when toxic algal blooms are present.

Seafood in shops and restaurants is safe to eat as the Tasmanian Shellfish Market Access Program monitors the safety of commercially grown shellfish.

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