Despite a Chinese ban on shellfish from the West Coast, the Washington geoduck industry is shipping off its product to Asia, with the top two destinations being Hong Kong and Vietnam.
The Kitsap Sun reports the Washington State Department of Health issued over 750 certificates in January — more than double issued in January 2013, when shipments were still going into China. These certificates are required to identify the shellfish-growing area and ensure that the seafood is safe to eat.
Of the certificates issued in January, over 400 are being sent into Hong Kong, while over 240 are going to Vietnam.
Meanwhile, tribal and state officials report most of their geoduck divers expect to meet their annual quotas despite the ban.