FERNDALE, Wash. — Whatcom County Health Department announced yesterday that unsafe levels of diarrhetic shellfish poisoning (DSP) biotoxin have been detected in molluscan shellfish in Drayton Harbor. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed recreational shellfish in Drayton Harbor.
Biotoxin levels have dropped in Birch Bay and Portage Bay so shellfish harvest has been reopened in those areas. Shellfish harvest remains closed for beaches from Bellingham Bay south to the Skagit County border including Chuckanut Bay and all of Larrabee State Park. Point Roberts beaches remain closed as well.
Shellfish sold in stores and restaurants are tested before shipping and are safe to consume.
Shellfish harvesters are advised to check for current shellfish closures on the Washington Shellfish Safety Map (doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety) or to call the DOH Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Washington State.