Health warning - Swan and Canning Rivers

Public Notice 13 March 2020

The Department of Health has advised people not to eat shellfish, crabs or fish collected from the Swan and Canning Rivers due to an Alexandrium algal bloom.

The following waterways are affected:

  • Swan River – from Pelican Point, Crawley to the South of Perth Yacht Club, Applecross and upstream to Middle Swan (Reid Highway) Bridge, Middle Swan (this includes the commonly known areas of Como Jetty, Matilda Bay, Perth Waters, Elizabeth Quay, Barrack Street Jetty, Claisebrook Cove, Maylands Yacht Club, Ascot Waters, Hind Reserve, Riverside Gardens, Garvey Park, Sandy Beach Reserve, Point Reserve, Kings Meadow, Fish Market Reserve and Woodbridge Riverside Park).
  • Canning River – from the South of Perth Yacht Club and upstream to Kent Street Weir (this includes commonly known areas of Canning Bridge, Mt Henry Bridge, Salter Point, Shelley Bridge, Riverton Bridge, and Castledare).

Alexandrium toxins can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning and cooking will not destroy these toxins. For more information click here.

Department of Health

  • Phone 9222 4222