Discovery Bay closed to recreational shellfish harvesting

Discovery Bay is closed to all species for recreational shellfish harvesting, the state Department of Health has announced.

In Clallam County, Sequim Bay, Dungeness Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Low Point/Lyre River east to Discovery Bay are closed to butter and varnish clams.

In Jefferson County, all beaches but those on Discovery Bay are open for most shellfish harvesting except for butter clams and varnish clams. Those include Quilcene Bay, Port Ludlow and Mats Mats Bay and Port Townsend and Admiralty Inlet, as well as Kilisut Harbor including Mystery Bay and Fort Flagler State Park.

Ocean beaches are closed to all species — meaning all clams (including geoduck), oysters, mussels and other invertebrates such as the moon snail.

All areas are also closed for the sport harvest of scallops. The closures do not apply to shrimp.

Shellfish harvested commercially are tested for toxin prior to distribution and should be safe to eat.

The DOH Shellfish Safety Map shows up-to-date information for recreational shellfish harvesting at www.doh.wa.gov/ShellfishSafety.htm. Information also is available at the Shellfish Safety Hotline at 800-562-5632.

Recreational harvesters can check Fish and Wildlife regulations and seasons at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish or the shellfish rule change hotline at 1-866-880-5431.

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