Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Shellfish Area Closure Still in Place

NEWS RELEASE Health Waikato

The coastal area on the western side of the North Island is still closed for the collecting and eating of shellfish. David Cumming, Health Protection Officer for Health Waikato, said some people may not realise that the danger of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) still continues.

The closed area extends from Baring Head near Wellington to Cape Reinga (Northland) and includes Kawhia, Aotea and Raglan Harbours.

Sampling indicates that the toxins in the affected shellfish are still at higher than acceptable levels. The PSP causative algae Gymnodinium catenatum continues to be found in water samples taken from this area of coastline.

Symptoms of PSP occur within hours of consuming shellfish, and include numbness and tingling around the mouth, face or extremities; difficulty swallowing or breathing; dizziness; double vision and/or paralysis. People who become ill after consuming shellfish should contact a Public Health Unit Health Protection Officer or their general practitioner.

Where the areas are closed for the collection and eating of all shellfish, this includes scallops, tuatua, cockles, oysters, mussels, pipi, catseye (pupu), and kina (sea urchin). People are advised not to eat the gut of paua, rock lobster or crabs which have been taken from closed areas.

The public are reminded that the gut and skirt of scallops should never be consumed even when taken from areas that are not subject to warnings about biotoxins.

For more information about the safety of the shellfish, people can contact a Health Protection Officer toll free on 0800 800 977, from 8.00am - 5.00pm, or after hours, the on-call Health Protection Officer on mobile 025 999 511.

For more information please contact:

David Cumming Health Protection Officer Community Health Health Waikato Tel: 07 838 259 ext 7958

Most recent results of testing for marine biotoxins for the samples taken from Aotea Harbour can be found by clicking SHELLFISH HEALTH WARNING on the Ngati te Wehi Aotea Harbour Website: http://www.freespeech.org/aotea

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news