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Flood response update for the Swan Canning Riverpark

Algal blooms in the Swan Canning Riverpark have reduced over the past week, however conditions continue to be favourable for algal activity.

Elevated Karenia­-type dinoflagellate in Melville Water presents a potential health risk to anyone consuming shellfish from the area. Department of Health advise the public not to eat wild shellfish from the Swan Canning Riverpark or other uncontrolled waters.

Karlodinium, a dinoflagellate with the potential to cause fill kills, is present at moderately high levels in the Swan River near Bayswater and in the Canning River near Riverton.

This species presents no direct human health concerns, however the public are reminded of Department of Health advice to avoid swimming in water that looks discoloured, murky or smells unpleasant.

Regular updates to the public are being be posted on the Department’s notifications and alerts webpage. Members of the public are encouraged to contact FishWatch on 1800 815 507 to report any dead or sluggish fish in the Swan Canning Riverpark.