Shellfish near Hawera

Shellfish near Hawera

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

SHELLFISH NEAR HAWERA

Low levels of potentially harmful organisms (norovirus) in shellfish have been found after recent monitoring near the marine outfall in Hawera (nearby Pukeroa and north west reefs).

As a precaution we advise against taking and eating of shellfish from the area between Denby Road and the Manawapou Stream mouth. The Council will erected warning signs at the Denby Road beach access point, the outfall track, and at the Manawapou Stream mouth access track.

At low concentrations norovirus can be infectious to humans, resulting in sickness (such as vomiting or diarrhoea) for a few days.

The Council will continue to monitor the affected areas, and will ensure the public is adequately advised should the there be a change.

The Council is working on investigating and improving the wastewater system to minimise reoccurrences in the medium term.

Notices have also been put on the Council’s website, Facebook page and in the Taranaki Star.

If you have queries please contact our Wastewater Treatment Manager, Peter Cook on 0800 111 323.

Click here to read the Taranaki District Health Board factsheet on Norovirus