Local beaches re-open after PSP biotoxin scare

Published on Wed, Dec 16, 2009
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Beaches in Birch Bay, Drayton Harbor and Point Roberts have been re-opened after state health officials found levels of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) biotoxin in molluscan shellfish from those beaches have returned to safer levels.

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has re-opened beaches in Birch Bay, Drayton Harbor and Point Roberts to the recreational harvest of shellfish. 

Beaches south of Birch Bay including Bellingham Bay and Lummi Island remain closed because of PSP toxin levels nearly 100 times the closure limit.

The extremely high toxin levels combined with the cold weather will likely slow the ability of shellfish to purge PSP toxin. 

Updates to biotoxin and pollution-related closures can be found at www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/sf/biotoxin.htm or by calling the DOH biotoxin hotline at 1-800-562-5632.