Wild shellfish health alerts
This page is for current wild shellfish health alerts in Tasmania. You can find more information on the wild shellfish food safety page.
What to watch out for
Wild shellfish include:
- Oysters, mussels, clams, pipis, cockles, wedge shells, abalone and scallop roe
- Intestines and livers (tomalley) of rock lobster can also be affected when toxic algal blooms are present
Symptoms can occur within minutes to hours after eating shellfish. Cooking or freezing shellfish does not destroy the toxins that cause shellfish poisoning. Shellfish poisoning symptoms include:
- tingling or numbness
- blurred vision
- difficulty breathing
Paralytic shellfish poisoning
If you experience paralytic shellfish poisoning symptoms after eating wild shellfish, go to your nearest emergency department or call 000.
Seafood in shops and restaurants is safe
Seafood in shops and restaurants is safe to eat because the Tasmanian Shellfish Market Access Program (ShellMAP) monitors the safety of commercially grown shellfish.