Washington has a reputation for safe, wholesome shellfish. Miles of Puget Sound shoreline and Washington coastal beaches attract hundreds of thousands of recreational harvesters each year.
WDOH regularly tests bivalve molluscan shellfish and the water where they grow to make sure the shellfish are safe to eat. They also license and inspect commercial shellfish operations to make sure shellfish intended for markets and restaurants are safe.
Action is taken when conditions pose a threat to public health. Why has Saratoga Passage been closed since last August, initially for all shellfish and currently for butter and varnish clams? Whatcom and San Juan counties have recently been closed for all shellfish harvesting.
Join SWS on zoom to find out about these closures. Jerry Borchert (WDOH) will talk about monitoring shellfish tissue for the presence of biotoxins. The WDOH marine biotoxin monitoring program is the largest in the United States.
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Zoom meeting: When: Jul 19, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time
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