22 Oct 2014

Shellfish ban for Port Underwood

4:28 pm on 22 October 2014

A shellfish ban is in place at Port Underwood in the Marlborough Sounds after routine testing showed the presence of a toxin which can cause diarrhetic shellfish poisoning.

People should avoid shellfish in the Port Underwood area until further notice.

People should avoid shellfish in the Port Underwood area until further notice. Photo: PHOTO NZ

People are being advised not to eat kina, mussels, pipi, tuatua, oysters or cockles harvested from the area since Monday.

Other types of shellfish may still be eaten, but only if the gut is completely removed before cooking.

The region's medical officer of health Ed Kiddle said cooking affected shellfish does not remove the toxin and people should avoid shellfish in the area until further notice.

Fish such as snapper, cod, gurnard and terakihi are not affected by the toxin algae and are safe to eat.