Clallam County closes Sequim Bay to shellfish harvesting

In Clallam County, recreational shellfish harvesting is closed in Sequim Bay, officials with Clallam County Health & Human Services said last week.

There are no shellfish harvesting restrictions in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Cape Flattery east to the Jefferson County line, nor in Dungeness Bay. Discovery Bay is closed to butter and varnish clam harvesting only, and ocean beaches are closed to all species for the season.

According to county health officials, all species means clams (including 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. Crab meat is not known to contain biotoxins, but the guts can contain unsafe levels. To be safe, clean crab thoroughly and discard the guts (butter).

For more information about this closure, call the Shellfish Safety Hotline at 800-562-5632, or visit the Department of Health’s Shellfish Safety Website at www.doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety.

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