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   Toxic Algae Impacting Shellfish Harvests In Samish Bay
by Associated Press
Posted: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 3:36PM EDT

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — Toxic algae known as red tide continues to impact Samish Bay, but some areas are reopening this week to commercial shellfish harvesting.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports that the state Department of Health announced Tuesday that as of Monday, two parcels within the bay can reopen for commercial harvesting of manila clams and Pacific oysters.

The entire bay remains closed to recreational harvesting due to the risk of exposure to the algae, which can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning if contaminated shellfish are consumed.

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