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Seafood Safety Tips

  1. Commercial seafood found in restaurants an grocery stores is safe because it comes from red tide free water and is monitored by the government.

  2. Recreational fisherman must be careful by:

    • Not eating mollusks (clams or oysters) taken from Florida red tide waters as they contain toxins that cause a food poisoning called Neurological Shellfish Poisoning (NSP).

    • Fileting live Finfish before eating

Use common sense. Harvesting distressed or dead animals is not advised under any circumstances. Edible part of other animals (like crustaceans) commonly called shellfish (crabs, shrimp, and lobsters) are not affected by the red tide organisms and can be eaten.

This is a scaled down version
of our main environmental health site. For more detailed information please visit our main site at http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chd/volusia/EH/index.html