Biotoxin Fishery Events

22 March 2016 Update - Public Health Warning

Department of Health and Human Services have issued a public warning not to eat wild harvested recreational shellfish due to Diarrhetic Shellfish Toxin (DST) detected in mussels from Mercury Passage, on Tasmania's East Coast.  
Read the current warning.

DHHS have provided additional advice in relation to scallops in response to the opening of the recreational scallop fishery.  Scallops have not been sampled nor tested for the key East Coast recreational scallop beds.  DHHS precautionary advice is to discard the roe of recreationally harvested scallops prior to consumption.

The warning does not include rock lobster or abalone. Seafood and fishery scientists working on the human health risks associated with biotoxins have reported that there is low risk of DST in rock lobster and sea urchins.

For public health information on eating recreationally harvested wild shellfish see:

For information on fishery closures, contact the Wild Fisheries Management Branch on 1300 720 647.

Background information

DPIPWE Wild Fisheries has developed the Rock Lobster Biotoxin Plan and Decision Protocol in consultation with the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fisherman's Association, the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and other stakeholders. It is used for determining management outcomes and responses in relation to a Paralytic Shellfish Toxin (PST) event in the rock lobster fishery.

  Rock Lobster Biotoxin Plan and Decision Making Protocol July 2015   (997Kb)

Recreational licence refunds

Please note that recreational licence refunds will not be granted if you are unable to fish in some waters due to biotoxin closures.  Licences grant access to all Tasmanian waters and biotoxin closures apply only to specific zones within those waters.  Licence holders can still fish outside any closed areas.


How to stay informed

Web:  This webpage - Biotoxin Fishery Events
Email alerts: Recreational Fishing News e-newsletter
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Phone: Recreational enquiries Ph (03) 6165 3233 or 1300 720 647
             Commercial enquiries: Ph (03) 6165 3045

Public health alerts:

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