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Sequim Bay closed to shellfish harvesting

July 11th, 2014 - 3:12pm

(Port Angeles) -- The Clallam County Environmental Health Division has closed Sequim Bay to the harvesting of all species of shellfish.

Officials say the closure is due to Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning biotoxins.

Meantime, all ocean beaches are now closed to the harvesting of all shellfish species, including clams, geoducks, oysters, mussels and other invertebrates, such as moon snails.

The closures do not apply to shrimp. Crabmeat is not know to contain the biotoxins, but the guts can contain unsafe levels.

Beaches along the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Cape Flattery east to Dungeness Spit and Discovery Bay are closed to the harvesting of butter and varnish clams.

Strait beaches from Dungeness Spit east to the Jefferson County line are closed to the harvest of vanish clams only.

More information about the closures are available at the Marine Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or at the state Department of Health's Shellfish Safety website.

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