Nine of Washington’s 101 commercial shellfish growing areas are threatened with closure this year because of pollution. Sixteen growing areas were listed as threatened areas in 2009 and 10 in 2010.  Locally, the threatened shellfish areas include the Grays Harbor Coast and the Naselle River. Each year, the state looks at water quality data collected from shellfish harvesting areas. In nine areas, data for this year show that poor water quality or failure to manage potential pollution sources could result in the downgrade of the harvest area. Work is underway to find and fix pollution problems in many of the threatened shellfish growing areas.


Ecology Youth Corps provide summer jobs for teens Residential chickens linked to Salmonella outbreak Public can offer input on salmon seasons What should happen to materials after they are dredged? Grays Harbor Vessel Traffic Risk Assessment webinar next week Sea otter and other animals protected status being reviewed