8 June 2022

Algae are a naturally occurring organism present in all waterways.

Weather conditions, nutrient levels, salinity and water flows all affect the levels of algae and can contribute to the formation of algal blooms on the Lakes.

Warmer weather conditions are likely to lead to a natural increase in the abundance and variety of algae and other organisms in the Lakes.

This week’s tests indicate the following levels of algae:

Location

Species

Algae levels

Potential toxin producer

Recreational alert

Seafood Advisory

Lake Victoria

Lake King

Lakes

Entrance system

Loch Sport

Bunga Arm

Eagle Point

Hollands Landing

Johnsonville

Lake Reeve

Marley Point

Meerlieu

Newlands Arm

Paynesville

Raymond Island

Wattle Point

Paynesville

Metung

Bullock Island

Ocean Grange

Duck Arm

Bancroft Bay

Boole Poole

Nodularia spumigena Low Yes No

Do not eat shellfish such as mussels, crabs or prawns from the Gippsland Lakes and from McLoughlins Beach through to Marlo.

A Gut and Gill Advisory is in place for Fish.

Check the VicEmergency app for the latest information

If an algal bloom develops on the Gippsland Lakes, information will be available on this website and through local outlets, including local media and Visitor Information Centres and circulated to tourism operators. It will also be posted on the DELWP Gippsland Facebook page.

Page last updated: 10/06/22