“These additional acres offer recreational shellfish harvesters increased opportunity on an excellent oyster and clam beach on Hood Canal. Improvements in water quality are a win-win for the clam and oyster fishery, and the environment,” said Camille Speck, biologist from Fish and Wildlife’s Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory.
The area near the mouth of the Dosewallips River will remain closed because of high bacteria levels that occasionally flow down the river. Delays in improving the wastewater treatment system at Dosewallips State Park are also a concern around the mouth of the river.
The best way to be safe when harvesting shellfish is to “Know Before You Dig” (www.doh.wa.gov/shellfishsafety.htm)