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Posted on: August 2, 2019

Reopening of recreational shellfish harvesting at Fort Flagler, Mystery Bay and Kilisut Harbor


August 6, 2019

Correction to the August 2 press release to clarify that Mystery Bay State Park is closed to recreational harvest:

Although the toxin levels in Mystery Bay have improved, the shellfish season at Mystery Bay State Park is closed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife until October

August 2, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michael Dawson, Water Quality Manager

Jefferson County Public Health

360-385-9444 ext. 301

Port Townsend – Recent shellfish samples from Mystery Bay and Fort Flagler have been low for biotoxins. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health has reopened Fort Flagler State Park, Kilisut Harbor, and Mystery Bay for recreational shellfish harvest. Signage will reflect the changes.

Recreational shellfish harvesters should check the clickable map at or call the Biotoxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 before harvesting shellfish anywhere in Washington State. Recreational harvesters should also check Fish and Wildlife regulations and seasons at or the Shellfish Rule Change Hotline 1-866-880-5431.


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