Shellfish harvesting reopens in most of Whatcom County

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Shellfish harvesting reopens in most of Whatcom County

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – The Washington State Department of Health has reopened recreational shellfish harvesting on most Whatcom County beaches except in Portage Bay.

Tom Kunesh with the Health Department says Portage Bay remains closed for digging clams, mussels, oysters, and scallops because water samples still show high levels of the biotoxin that causes Paralytic shellfish poisoning.

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Some Whatcom County beaches are permanently closed to shellfish harvesting because of high levels of fecal coliform bacteria from nearby sewage treatment facilities.

People can check the Department of Health website for a list of all pollution and biotoxin-related closures before harvesting shellfish anywhere in the state or call the DOH biotoxin hotline at 1-800-562-5632.