Warning issued for shellfish in Lower Hawkesbury River

Industry & Investment NSW has released a precautionary warning to rec anglers fishing in Patonga Creek, Brisbane Waters, Broken Bay and surrounding areas after positive results for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) were detected in some parts of the Lower Hawkesbury River.

They're advising people to avoid collecting and eating molluscs such as oysters, mussels, cockles, pipis and scallops in the Patonga Creek, Brisbane Waters, Broken Bay and Hawkesbury River Mouth areas. Signage will be put up in affected areas.

Symptoms for PSP can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and a tingling or burning feeling to the lips, gums, tongue, face, neck, arms, legs and toes. More severe symptoms like shortness of breath, dry mouth, a choking feeling, confused or slurred speech and lack of coordination are also possible.

It's important to note that ordinary cooking methods do not eliminate the toxin.

People should seek medical advice if they feel unwell after consuming shellfish from these areas.

Posted 9 August 2010