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State closes more beaches to shellfishing

August 21st, 2013 - 6:18am

(Port Angeles) -- The state health department has shut down all shellfish harvesting in Discovery and Sequim Bays due to elevated levels of a sometimes-fatal biotoxin.

The downgrade was announced this week.

It means all species are off limits in those bodies of water. That includes clams and geoduck, oysters, mussels and other invertebrates such as the moon snail. All areas are closed for the sport harvest of scallops. These closures do not apply to shrimp.

Meantime all ocean beaches and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Pillar Point westward remain closed to all species as well.

The rest of the strait are closed only to butter and varnish clams.

Dungeness Bay remain open to all species.

Samples have shown some areas continue to have unhealthy levels of Paralyitic Shellfish Poison.


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