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Shellfish harvest closure lifted for this Whatcom County beach

If you love shellfish, make sure you’re eating it safely

Health officials urge people to check a biotoxin hotline before harvesting molluscan shellfish like clams, mussels and oysters anywhere in Washington state. A naturally occurring marine biotoxin can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.
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Health officials urge people to check a biotoxin hotline before harvesting molluscan shellfish like clams, mussels and oysters anywhere in Washington state. A naturally occurring marine biotoxin can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Biotoxin levels for shellfish at Drayton Harbor have dropped to the point that state health officials are lifting the closure for that area.

Unsafe biotoxin levels are still being detected for the molluscan shellfish including clams and oysters on other beaches in Northern Whatcom County, according to a news release from the Whatcom County Health Department. All other beaches from Sandy Point north to the Canadian border, including Point Roberts, remain closed.

The county health department will continue to collect samples each week to monitor biotoxin levels. A state website provides updated information on shellfish beach closures.

Shellfish sold in restaurants and retail markets have been tested before distribution and are safe to eat.

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz
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