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The Department of Health (DoH) has updated its toxic algal bloom warning to now include parts of both the Swan and Canning rivers. DoH is advising people 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. A map of the impacted area is attached. Alexandrium toxins can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning and cooking will not destroy these toxins.

Please see the updated DoH media statement at https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Media-releases/2020/Algal-bloom-warning-extends-to-Canning-River.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions continues to conduct weekly water quality monitoring at an increased number of sites to track the extent of the bloom. We are also testing mussels and blue swimmer crabs for the Alexandrium toxin. DoH is arranging for health warning signs advising against crabbing, shellfish collection and fishing to be erected 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.

Further information is provided in detailed FAQ's available at https://www.dbca.wa.gov.au/science/riverpark-monitoring