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Friday 17 July 2020

Reminder not to dump imported seafood

A recent find of suspected New Zealand green mussel shells in the waters of the Walpole-Nornalup Marine Park serves as a timely reminder not to dump imported seafood as it poses a biosecurity risk to our pristine waterways.

Rangers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in Walpole discovered approximately 2kg of mussel shells dumped in Deep River. Recognising the potential risks, the find was reported to DPIRD. In this case, only the shells were found, so the imported frozen product was most likely cooked and the mussels eaten before the shells were dumped, minimising the biosecurity risk. The shells were collected and removed by the rangers.

To protect WA’s oceans and waterways, always bin your unwanted seafood. Raw and frozen seafood such as mussels and prawns imported for human consumption can introduce new diseases into WA’s aquatic environment.

When fishing or crabbing, use bait purchased from a quality bait supplier or catch your own. Don’t use seafood meant for human consumption as bait or berley, especially not raw imported prawns bought from supermarkets or fishmongers.
To report suspected aquatic pests or diseases call our 24/7 FishWatch hotline on 1800 815 507.


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