Clallam County re-opens some areas to shellfish harvesting

The Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services’ Environmental Health Division announced last week an upgrade to recreational shellfish harvest of beaches that were previously closed to all species due to the presence of biotoxins.

Discovery Bay is now closed to butter and varnish clams only.

There are no shellfish harvesting closures along the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Pillar Point east to Dungeness Spit, in Sequim Bay and in Dungeness Bay, while all harvesting is closed to all species along Pacific Ocean beaches as well as the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Cape Flattery east to Pillar Point.

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.

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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