Health Protection staff monitor and advise on the safety of gathering shellfish / kaimoana.
- Shellfish such as oysters, mussels, pips and cockles are known as "Filter Feeders".
- This means they can suck up any harmful bacteria, viruses, toxins and chemicals from the seawater which then build up in their flesh and guts.
- Anyone eating the contaminated shellfish may then become sick.
- So special care must always be taken when gathering shellfish.
Please click here
for Health Warning Messages
in regard to shellfish/kaimoana
Please download Safe shellfish flyer and shellfish collecting poster (pdf) to view further information.
For further information please contact:
Shellfish Programme Co-ordinator or On Call Health Protection Officer - 09 430 4100
Click here for - Information on why shellfish may cause illness………
Shellfish sampling in progress