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This message is being issued for water in the Gippsland Lakes and the Ninety Mile Beach from McLoughlins Beach to Marlo.

  • The levels of blue green algae within the Gippsland Lakes have decreased to well below the safe contact thresholds. The entire Gippsland Lakes system and Ninety Mile Beach is now safe for recreational contact with water.
  • However as toxins from the algae can accumulate in seafood after a bloom has dispersed, advice regarding the consumption of specific seafood still applies.
  • The latest seafood sample results show that Nodularin concentrations remain elevated in crab and bug samples collected within and outside the Gippsland Lakes. Additional seafood samples are being organised for collection and analysis.
Do not consume crustaceans (such as prawns, crabs and bugs) and shellfish caught inside the Gippsland Lakes or within 10 nautical miles of the shore between Mcloughlins Beach and Marlo. 

Finfish caught from within the Gippsland Lakes should be rinsed thoroughly in fresh water and the guts and gills removed before cooking or freezing.

Ingesting these toxins can lead to serious illness. Cooking or freezing does not destroy thetoxins.
What you should do:
  • Visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/harmful-algal-blooms) for more information.
  • Keep up-to-date with algae information at www.water.vic.gov.au/waterways-and-catchments/rivers-estuaries-and-waterways/blue-green-algae

Protect your health:
  • If you are experiencing any health issues after contact with affected water seek medical advice from your local doctororNurse-On-Call (https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/primary-and-community-health/primary-care/nurse-on-call)on 1300 606 024.

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

The next update is expected by 19/10/2022 03:30 pm or as the situation changes.

Information about blue green algae:
Use multiple sources to stay informed:
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency. 
  • To access this information in other languages, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.   
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.