The Kitsap Public Health District announced that shellfish harvesting will be closed in Dyes Inlet after tests showed high levels of marine biotoxin paralytic shellfish poison.
The closure affects all areas of Dyes Inlet and all existing shellfish closures will remain in effect. All recreational shellfish harvesting for all species of clams, oysters, and mussels will be prohibited, according to the health district.
Shrimp and crab are not included in the closure, but crabs should be cleaned prior to cooking, and the crab butter should be discarded, the statement reads. Shellfish harvested commercially that are available in stores an restaurants are tested for toxins prior to distribution and are considered safe to eat.