The Ministry for Primary Industries has extended the shellfish biotoxin warning on the Taranaki/Waikato/Auckland coastline.
The alert, which covers the Manukau Harbour, and West coast, now extends south to New Plymouth, covering Lower Kina Road south of Oakura northward to the Kaipara Harbour mouth, but doesn’t include the Kaipara Harbour.
Mussels, oysters, tuatua, pipi, toheroa, cockles, scallops, catseyes, kina (sea urchin) and all other bivalve shellfish should not be eaten. Cooking doesn’t remove the toxin.
Pāua, crab and crayfish may still be eaten if the gut has been completely removed prior to cooking, as toxins accumulate in the gut.