Stay shellfish safe this summer: Know before you dig

digging for clamsIf your summer recreation plans involve digging for some tasty clams, mussels, oysters, or geoducks, be sure the beach is safe for harvest before you head out. The Washington State Department of Health has been reporting dangerous levels of  Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) and other biotoxins in several counties this summer.

Before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Washington, check for updated closure information on Health’s Shellfish Safety Website or call the Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632. You can also get the latest shellfish info on Facebook and Twitter.

Want to know when and where you can dig? How many you’re allowed to harvest in one day? Where you can get a license? Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has all the information you need on their fishing and shellfishing web page.

And if you’ll be digging on lands managed by Washington State Parks, DNR, or WDFW, don’t forget your Discover Pass.

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