DO NOT HARVEST SHELLFISH: Due to stormwater runoff that may pollute marine waters and shellfish beds shellfish should not be harvested from urban embayments during, and for at least five days after, heavy rainfall.
Anyone planning to harvest or consume local, recreationally-harvested shellfish must first:
1. Check the safety status of shellfish harvesting:
- Click HERE for a clickable shellfish safety map
- Click HERE for a current list of marine biotoxin shellfish closures by county
- Click HERE for a current list of ongoing, pollution-related shellfish closures
- Call the Kitsap Public Health Shellfish Hotline: 1-800-2BE-WELL (1-800-223-9355)
- Call the Statewide Shellfish Safety Hotline: 1-800-562-5632
2. Check the shellfish harvest seasons and licensing requirements:
- Click HERE for the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife website
- Call the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife hotline: 1-866-880-5431
About the Kitsap Public Health District Shellfish Monitoring Program
The Kitsap Public Health District staff collect shellfish for testing at 12 locations during the summer and fall, and at nine locations year-round. Samples, usually mussels, are collected for and sent to the Washington State Department of Health lab, where they are tested for three marine biotoxins: PSP, DSP and ASP. Shorelines are closed to harvesting when toxin levels exceed safe levels. Shorelines are re-opened for harvesting once two consecutive samples are obtained and toxin levels are safe.