Fish testing results in
Laboratory testing of fish from West Lakes has confirmed that per-and-poly fluroalkyl substances (PFAS) are not present at levels that would make fish unfit for human consumption. The EPA also tested for heavy metals in the samples, because of the cadmium found previously in West Lakes soil in some areas. The results confirm that cadmium is also not present at levels that would make fish unfit for human consumption.
Results did however, confirm that lead was found in both fish and crustaceans sampled, above levels that are set by the Foods Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ). SA Health has therefore advised that fish fillets from West Lakes are safe to eat, but whole or macerated fish and mussels are not recommended for human consumption. The taking of mussels and all bivalve shellfish has been banned for several decades in West Lakes under the Fisheries Management Act 2007.
A copy of the report on the test results can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page.