Seafood Safety

Before you eat anything that has come from the River Derwent, please view all current safety information.


There are public health alerts in place for eating wild shellfish in Tasmania. You should check these alerts before eating shellfish you have caught yourself. Remember: cooking does not make the shellfish safe to eat.

View more information on the safety of fish and shellfish for eating (external link).

View current public health alerts (external link).


Some fish caught in the River Derwent and Browns River contain high amounts of mercury.

To find out what is safe to eat, view the Derwent Estuary Program fact sheet: Should I eat shellfish and fish from the Derwent? (external PDF)