Written by Jen Finn
High levels of fecal bacteria found in the water near Ocean Shores will lead to a year-round shellfish harvest closure for a small part of the coast. The state Department of Health also listed 11 of Washington's 101 commercial shellfish growing areas as "threatened" with closure because of pollution.
"If water quality in the threatened shellfish areas gets worse we'll have to restrict or close harvesting there," said Bob Woolrich, Growing Area Section Manager. "Having an area listed as 'threatened' is a signal to communities to identify and correct pollution problems."
Threatened shellfish harvest areas include within Grays Harbor and along the Pacific Coast as well as Bay Center and Naselle River in Pacific County.
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