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August 6, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Toxin closes Quartermaster Harbor to shellfish harvesters

Public health officials have closed the Quartermaster Harbor beaches between Vashon and Maury islands to shellfish harvesters after discovering high rates of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison, a toxin that causes nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The closure applies to all shellfish: clams, oysters, mussels, geoduck and scallops. Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison has historically been a problem in Europe, but has become an emerging threat…


Comments | Topics: public health, Quartermaster Harbor, shellfish

April 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Fecal bacteria levels close Pierce County shellfish harvesting area

Shellfish harvesting in part of Vaughn Bay in Pierce County has been closed because of high levels of fecal bacteria, and health officials have identified 14 additional shellfish growing areas that could be closed if fecal pollution worsens, the Washington state Department of Health said today. The samples taken at growing-area stations failed to meet classification…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: shellfish, Vaughn Bay, Washington State Department of Health

July 20, 2012 at 10:43 AM

All King County beaches closed to recreational shellfish harvesting

The state Health Department has closed all King County beaches to recreational shellfish harvesting after paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) has been found at levels of concern in shellfish samples on county beaches. Advisory signs are going up at beaches to warn visitors not to collect any shellfish, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County officials. The…


Comments | More in Environment, Government | Topics: closure, harvesting, PSP

June 8, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Most Penn Cove areas open for shellfish harvesting

The state Health Department has reopened most commercial and recreational shellfish beds in Penn Cove which had been closed since fuel spilled from a sunken boat in May. The remaining area closed to shellfish harvesting is Madrona Beach, where slight contamination was detected during odor and taste tests. Other than shellfish from Madrona Beach, test results show…


Comments | Topics: derelict ship, Penn Cove, shellfish

May 11, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Morning Memo/Friday: Sunshine on your shoulders … Road to Mount St. Helens opens

Weather: Five days of sunshine. Could be 80 degrees on Sunday, despite what the chart says. No rain in sight until maybe next Wednesday. With a forecast that far out, who knows what the weather will be. A glorious weekend and Mother’s Day for sure. What are you doing for Mother’s Day? The…


Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Mount St. Helens, President Obama, shellfish

May 10, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Don’t eat Korean shellfish, FDA, state health officials warn.

Don’t eat fresh and frozen shellfish from Korea, the federal Food and Drug and state health officials have advised, because they may be contaminated. The advisory includes frozen, breaded shellfish products, and all oysters, clams, mussels and scallops. It does not cover canned products. There have been no reported illnesses in Washington from the products, and the…


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December 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Initiative to boost shellfish farms in state

PHUONG LE The Associated Press Washington state’s cool marine waters make growing oysters, clams and mussels ideal, but permitting hurdles, farmers say, means they aren’t able to grow as much as they would like to meet growing demand. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Gov. Chris Gregoire want to change that. On Friday, they announced More

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