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Sydney Harbour fish & seafood

1 Nov 2010

The NSW Food Authority advises:

Elevated levels of dioxins have been detected in some fish and seafood in Port Jackson and its tributaries. Long-term, high-level exposure to dioxins can sometimes cause a range of ill effects, including reproductive disorders and cancer.

  • No fish or seafood caught west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge should be eaten.
  • All commercial fishing in Sydney Harbour has been banned since 2006.

Recreational fishing is not closed but eating of Harbour fish and seafood caught east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge should be limited; generally no more than 150 grams per month should be consumed.

Recreational fishers should consult the recommended maximum intake for fish species.

Fish can also be caught and released.

See also: special care foods: Sydney Harbour seafood