Algae are a naturally occurring organism present in all waterways. The Gippsland Lakes contain many different types of algae at varying levels as part of the natural environment and balance of the Lakes system.

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

Duck Arm

Raphidophyte Heterosigma akashiwo

Low

No

No

Do not eat shellfish advisory across all of Gippsland Lakes — See factsheet number 12 (PDF, 639.3 KB) (or accessible version (DOCX, 122.2 KB))

Wattle Point

Raphidophyte Heterosigma akashiwo

Low

No

No

Lake King Jetty Metung

Raphidophyte Fibrocapsa japonica

Low

No

No

 Pseudo-nitzschiaLowYesNo

Chinamans Creek Metung

Raphidophyte Heterosigma akashiwo

Low

No

No

Progress Jetty Paynesville

Raphidophyte Heterosigma akashiwo

Low

No

No

Marlay Point

Prorocentrum cordatum

Low

Yes

No

Eagle Point

Raphidophyte Heterosigma akashiwo

Low

No

No

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: 15/07/21