County health announces downgrade to recreational shellfish harvesting

Discovery Bay is closed to all species for recreational shellfish harvesting, county officials said on April 8.

The Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services’ Environmental Health Division posted the downgrade announcement to the presence of biotoxins found in Discovery Bay.

Sequim Bay, Dungeness Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Low Point/Lyre River east to Discovery Bay are closed to butter and varnish clams.

Ocean beaches are closed to all species — meaning all clams (including geoduck), oysters, mussels and other invertebrates such as the moon snail. All areas are also closed for the sport harvest of scallops. The closures do not apply to shrimp.

For more information about the closure, call the Shellfish Safety Hotline at 800-562-5632, or visit the Washington state Department of Health’s shellfish safety website at doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety.

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