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UPDATE: Shellfish collection bans for Waikato

West Waikato coast

4 May 2017

Shellfish biotoxin alert – West Waikato warning extended

The Ministry for Primary Industries today reissued and extended a public health warning against collecting shellfish on the Waikato west coast due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins being detected at levels of concern. The affected area includes the Waikato River mouth (Port Waikato) southwards to Tirua Point south of Kawhia Harbour. The warning includes Raglan, Aotea and Kawhia Harbours.

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Reason for alert

Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)

Date warning issued 28 April 2017
Affected area The affected area includes the Waikato River mouth (Port Waikato) southwards to Papanui Point which is just south of Raglan Harbour. The warning includes Raglan Harbour.
Shellfish affected Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish.
Note, cooking shellfish does not remove the toxin.
Pāua, crab and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut has been completely removed prior to cooking, as toxins accumulate in the gut. If the gut is not removed its contents could contaminate the meat during the cooking process.
Other information Paralytic shellfish toxins have been detected in shellfish at levels over the safe limit of 0.8mg/kg set by MPI. Ongoing testing will continue and any changes will be communicated accordingly.

Map of the affected area

Map of Whakatane Heads and the Waioeka River mouth in Opotiki shellfish warning

For more information refer to Ministry of Primary Industries website:


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