Samish Bay CLOSED to Recreational Shellfish Harvesting

Photo Courtesy of @SkagitGov

Skagit County, WA- The Washington State Department of Health has CLOSED Samish Bay to recreational Shellfish Harvesting on September 26th, 2018, due to a recent sampling of shellfish that contained elevated levels of Paralytic Shellfish Toxin also known as “Red Tide.”  Samish Bay will remain closed until additional sampling indicates toxin levels have declined.

According to a press release from Jeanne King, Early Symptoms of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning includes numbness and tingling around the lips and some loss of motor control. If you have recently ate shellfish and have any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 or have someone take you to your local emergency room for treatment.

You can call the Marine Biotoxin Hotline at (800) 562-5632 for complete beach closure information or visit the Washington State Department of Health Website by clicking here. 

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