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October 13, 2023
Recreational Shellfish Closures Lifted in Some Areas of Skagit County
Routine monitoring of shellfish for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins has shown a decline in the concentration of PSP toxins. In response, the Washington State Department of Health has lifted the following closures for recreational shellfish harvesting:
Additionally, harvesting remains closed to butter and varnish clams at Samish Island. Continued sampling will determine changes in closures due to vibrio, biotoxin, and pollution.
Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning levels can change rapidly. Shellfish harvesters are advised to “Know Before You Dig” by always checking for closures using the Shellfish Safety Map or by calling the Marine Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632.
As a reminder, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works closely with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to ensure safe, legal harvest of shellfish on state beaches. In order to safely and legally harvest shellfish for human consumption, both the DOH health status and the WDFW season for a beach must be OPEN.
Safely Harvesting Shellfish
For more information about recreational shellfish safety, visit the Washington State Department of Health’s Recreational Shellfish page. For questions, please contact Samantha Russell at email@example.com or call (360) 416-1500.