Discovery Bay closed to shellfish harvesting

PORT TOWNSEND — Discovery Bay in Jefferson and Clallam counties has been closed to recreational harvesting of shellfish because of a high level of marine biotoxins.

The bay had been opened to recreational harvesting last month.

All beaches on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Clallam County are closed to harvesting of all species of shellfish.

In Jefferson County, beaches closed to harvesting of all species of shellfish are those on Discovery Bay and Kilisut Harbor, including Mystery Bay and Port Ludlow including Mats Mats Bay.

Ocean beaches are under an extended seasonal closure.

Closures include clams, oysters, mussels, scallops and other species of molluscan shellfish. Crab meat is not known to contain the biotoxin, but the guts can contain unsafe levels.

To be safe, the crab should be cleaned thoroughly with the guts discarded.

Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxins prior to distribution and are safe to eat, according to the Department of Health.

Marine biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking or freezing.

For more information about the closures, go to http://tinyurl.com/PDN-ShellfishToxin.

More in News

Water main breaks on West 10th Street in Port Angeles

City crews were working to repair a water main… Continue reading

Clallam withdraws job offer, will restart search for administrator

The Clallam County Board of County Commissioners rescinded its… Continue reading

PHOTO: Setting the stage for playground in Port Angeles

Port Angeles Parks Department employee Eli Hammel, right, moves a wheelbarrow of… Continue reading

Classified staff at Sequim School District rally for raises

Classified staff at Sequim School District want their piece of… Continue reading

NEWS BRIEFS: Highway 104 work done near Shine … and other items

Tree removal work on state Highway 104 north of Center… Continue reading

OMC CEO urges ‘real people’ to express how change would affect them

Olympic Medical Center has seen widespread support across Clallam… Continue reading

Port Townsend Film Festival rolls out welcome mat

Going to the Port Townsend Film Festival, which starts… Continue reading

Port Angeles club for youth seeks funds for new facility

A haven for children needs help from adults. The… Continue reading

Most Read