Swan and Canning River warning this Australia Day

Public Notice 23 January 2020

The Department of Health (DoH) has issued a warning regarding the toxic Alexandrium algal bloom in the Swan and Canning Rivers.

We are advised not to eat fish, crabs or shellfish collected from within the Swan River, extending from Pelican Point to Como Jetty and upstream to Tonkin Highway Bridge, or within the Canning River, extending from the South of Perth Yacht Club to Como Jetty and upstream to Kent Street Weir.

Alexandrium toxins can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning and cooking will not destroy these toxins.

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.

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Department of Health

  • Phone 9222 4333