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Some shellfish restrictions lifted for Strait of Juan de Fuca

May 2nd, 2014 - 5:34am

(PORT ANGELES) The State of Washington Department of Health has updated their list of harvest beach closures for shellfish in Clallam County.

Bio-toxin blooms are on the rise for the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and that is causing a number of beach closures for recreational shellfish harvesters.

Beaches currently closed to all species harvesting are ocean beaches and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Cape Flattery east to Pillar Point. The non-harvest species list includes clams, including geoducks, oysters, mussels and scallops. Shrimp and crabs are harvestable, but warnings remain on crabs, to clean the meat and discard the guts.

The Strait of Juan de Fuca from Pillar Point east to Ediz Hook is closed only for the harvesting of butter and varnish clams.

Harvesting from the Dungeness Spit east to the Jefferson County Line along with the south portion of Sequim Bay from Paradise Cove to Blyn is closed for varnish clams only. The northwest area of Sequim Bay including middle ground is also closed to butter and varnish clams.

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