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This message is being issued for water quality at Gippsland Lakes and Ninety Mile Beach.  

  • A Blue Green Algae bloom is currently affecting parts of the Gippsland Lakes.
  • The only site safe for human and pet contact is Lake Wellington. 
  • Avoid contact with water and do not let your pet swim in all other areas of the Gippsland Lakes System. 
  • The bloom has now been detected in the ocean along the Ninety Mile Beach coast where its movement is influenced by weather and tides.
  • Algae may be more visible at low tide.
  • Avoid contact with ocean water where algae is visible. 
For the Gippsland Lakes system and Ninety Mile Beach:
  • Fish caught from affected areas should be rinsed thoroughly in fresh water and the guts and gills removed before cooking or freezing.
  • Do not eat crabs, mussels, oysters or crustaceans from affected waters.
  • Ingesting these toxins can lead to serious illness.
  • Do not swim in affected areas or use water for cooking, drinking, washing or showering. Boiling the water will not make it safe.
  • For the Ninety Mile Beach, avoid contact with ocean water where algae is visible.
What you should do: Visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/harmful-algal-blooms for more health information relating to Blue Green Algae. 

Protect your health:
  • Direct contact with water affected by blue green algae can cause skin irritation, sore eyes, ears and nose. If swallowed it can cause cramps, nausea and vomiting. 
  • If you do come into contact with affected water, wash your skin immediately in clean cool water. 
  • Boiling affected water does not make it safe to drink. Boiling water bursts the blue green algae cells and releases toxins into the water making it more likely that you will experience symptoms. 
  • If you are experiencing any health issues after contact with affected water seek medical advice from your local doctor or Nurse-On-Call on 1300 60 60 24.

Protect your pets:
  • Pet owners should prevent pets from drinking or having direct contact with contaminated water. 
Boating and fishing:
  • Boating and fishing is still allowed in the Gippsland lakes system and along Ninety Mile Beach including Lake King, Lake Wellington and Lake Victoria, however care needs to be taken not to make contact with the water. 
  • Toxins from the algae can concentrate in seafood such as mussels, pipis, oysters, crabs and other crustaceans or the gut and gills of fish. 
  • Ingesting these toxins can lead to serious illness.

This message was issued by Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning.

The next update is expected by 20/05/2022 02:10 pm or as the situation changes.

Information about blue green algae:

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