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Map of shellfish areas in Kitsap County










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 water contact advisories and 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

Additional Resources:

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.





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