Birch Bay beaches closed to all recreational shellfish harvesting

Published on Wed, May 9, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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The Washington State Department of Health has announced all beaches north of Sandy Point, including Birch Bay, are closed to recreational shellfish harvesting.

The closures come after elevated levels of marine biotoxin were found in recent samples. The closure includes all species of shellfish that are otherwise harvestable, including all species of clams, mussels and other invertebrates, such as the moon snail.

Eating shellfish contaminated with marine biotoxin can be deadly. Biotoxins are not destroyed by cooking of freezing.

For more information about the health department’s shellfish harvesting closures, click here.



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