Coastal area shellfish ban partially lifted

Friday January 6, 2012

With effect from today, January 6, Community and Public Health have lifted the ban on non-commercial collection and the eating of shellfish from the coastal area from Amberley to Birdlings Flat, with the exception of the area around the Avon/Heathcote Estuary, including Sumner Beach where a ban remains in place.
 
The warning for the area around the Avon/Heathcote Estuary, including Sumner Beach relates to the ongoing risk from bacterial contamination found in shellfish.
 
Around the remainder of the coastline from Amberley to Birdlings Flat, levels of phytoplankton (toxic algae) and DSP (Diarrehetic Shellfish Poisoning) toxin in seawater and shellfish as monitored by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry are now within the safe limits.
 
Signage around the formerly affected areas of the coast will be taken down over the next few days.
 
For more information contact Community and Public Health on (03) 364 1777.
 
Page last reviewed: 23 July 2013
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