Most of Vashon Island is now closed to recreational shellfish harvesting because of unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poison, which acts quickly and can cause paralysis of the respiratory system and death.

The Seattle-King County Public Health Department posted an alert Friday evening citing information from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The marine…

Quartermaster Harbor on Vashon-Maury Island in Puget Sound is closed to recreational shellfish harvesting until further notice because of unsafe levels of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP). The Washington Department of Health posted the closure today for recreational harvesting, noting that the harbor remains open to commercial harvest. Quartermaster Harbor is the area with the crosshatch markings. Quartermaster Harbor is the…

The discovery of unsafe levels of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison in samples of shellfish collected near Seattle has prompted the closing of Puget Sound beaches for recreational shellfish harvest. Washington state officials, along with Seattle and King County public health officials are warning the public to honor the harvest bans that include oysters, mussels, oysters, geoduck…