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All clear for fishing and crabbing in the Swan and Canning rivers

The Department of Health has lifted warnings dating back to January 2020, not to eat fish or crabs collected from the Swan and Canning rivers.

The Department is now advising that the Swan and Canning rivers are all-clear for fishing and crabbing. However, the Department’s standing warning to avoid eating shellfish collected recreationally in rivers, estuaries or other waterways remains in place as the quality of these shellfish for consumption cannot be guaranteed.

Shellfish includes oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, scallops, cockles and razor clams.

Please see the latest DoH media statement here.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions continues to conduct weekly water quality monitoring to track the extent of the bloom. We have also tested mussels, crabs and fish for the Alexandrium toxin and will repeat testing once the bloom subsides. DoH and local riverfront councils have installed health warning signs advising against eating shellfish, crabs and fish at key riverfront locations including jetties, boat ramps and key accessible foreshore areas within the affected region. It should be noted that swimming and other aquatic recreational activities on the Swan and Canning rivers are not impacted by the algal bloom, but as a general rule swimming should be avoided in areas of discoloured water.