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Beaches from Sandy Point to Point Roberts reopened to shellfish harvesting

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. —  The Whatcom County Department of Health announced today biotoxin levels in shellfish have decreased enough for the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to reopen recreational harvesting on north Whatcom County beaches from Sandy Point to Point Roberts.

Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) and Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) biotoxin levels in samples have recently dropped enough to reopen the beaches to recreational harvest of molluscan shellfish including clams, mussels, oysters and scallops.

According to today’s announcement, “Areas south of Sandy Point remain at toxic levels and harvesting is still closed.” This would include Bellingham Bay south to the Skagit County line including Portage Bay and all of Larrabee State Park.

Current biotoxin and pollution closures information can be found at the DOH website or by calling the DOH Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632.

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