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Shellfish harvesting closed by life threatening poison

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Shellfish harvesting closed by life threatening poison

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – The ban on recreational shell fish harvesting has been expanded to all Whatcom County beaches.

The presence of paralytic shellfish poisoning or PSP closed southern county beaches last month.

Tom Kunesh with the Whatcom County Health Department says they have found the life-threatening biotoxin in mussels, oysters, clams and scallops.

Play Tom Kunesh on biotoxin

He says if the water temperature gets cold enough and kills the biotoxin, they may reopen shellfish harvesting at some beaches by November.

People can call the biotoxin hotline at 1-800-562-5632 or visit the Department of Health’s website to get the latest information on the closures.