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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Penn Cove Avoids Biotoxin Closure, Department of Health Warns of Warm Temperatures and Vibrio

September 7, 2012, Department of Health closes the following area to recreational and sport shellfish digging due to biotoxins in shellfish:
In Island County, all of Saratoga Passage to include east Whidbey Island from Strawberry Point south to Possession Point including Crescent Harbor, Oak Harbor and Holmes Harbor and west Camano Island from Brown Point south to Camano Head. Penn Cove is not included in the closure.
[click here for additional information on recreational closures]
Note: Commercial closures are listed separately.
[Click here for commercial closure information. Registration may be necessary.]

Area closed to recreational harvesting September 7 
due to elevated levels of biotoxins in shellfish.

Note: After additional research, the Department of Health found one of the illnesses attributed to a Samish Bay oyster was "guilt by association." Samish Bay oysters were only "on hand" in the restaurant where the raw oysters causing illness were consumed. Taylor Shellfish and Chuckanut Shellfish, among others, are now able to harvest oysters again. However, noted by the Department of Health: "Two cautionary notes: (1) It will take only one more illness to reclose Samish Bay; and (2) Unusually hot weather is expected over the next week, so caution should be exercised in the harvest and handling of oysters intended for raw consumption."

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