Authority warns against eating Spanish mackerel over 10kg
THE NSW Food Authority has advised fishers to avoid eating Spanish mackerel above 10kg in weight (as advised by NSW industry experts) as there is an increased risk of ciguatera poisoning.
Commercial fishers, recreational fishers and consumers should not eat large Spanish mackerel, as two recent ciguatera incidents involving 20kg and 40kg fish that were caught and consumed on the Mid North Coast have been reported in NSW.
The Food Authority has been advised of an incident of ciguatera poisoning affecting three people after consuming a Spanish mackerel caught off the coast from Crowdy Head late in March.
A second incident last week affected one person who consumed Spanish mackerel caught off the coast at Crescent Head.
In both cases, the fish consumed were caught by recreational fishermen.
Similar outbreaks were reported 12 months ago at a number of locations along the coast including Coffs Harbour.
At present the Spanish mackerel season has arrived with large numbers being reported.
However, illnesses are rare as most large fish of that species are treated as ‘catch and release’ when taken in competitions.