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Pollution Threatening Shellfish Areas

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That’s good news. Sewage systems, agricultural waste, boating waste, and stormwater runoff are being managed better near shellfish areas. We can build on that progress.

“Today, hundreds of public, private and tribal partners are working together to make Puget Sound healthy again,” said Gerry O’Keefe, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership. “We applaud the Department of Health and the progress our region is making toward achieving our regional goal to restore and re-open 10,800 acres of harvestable shellfish beds by 2020.”

Current Map

The Office of Shellfish and Water Protection uses national standards to classify commercial shellfish harvesting areas in Washington. A map of the 2012 threatened areas and more information on the status of shellfish harvesting areas (www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/sf/grow.htm) is available on the Department of Health website.

Puget Sound Partnership (http://www.psp.wa.gov/) is a community effort of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists, and businesses working together to restore and protect Puget Sound.

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