The state Department of Health says its restricting shellfish harvesting for part of the Portage Bay in Whatcom County due to high levels of bacteria.
Washington state health officials Tuesday said their arsenic testing has confirmed that geoduck clams harvested from a bay in Puget Sound are safe to eat, following toxicity concerns that prompted China to ban imports of West Coast shellfish.
Department of Health technicians are testing shellfish samples from the Poverty Bay area near Federal Way.
Gov. Chris Gregoire plans an announcement Tuesday on steps Washington may take in response to the increasing acidity of the ocean, which affects the shellfish industry.
The Washington Health Department has closed King County beaches to recreational shellfish harvesting after concerning levels of a dangerous toxin were found in samples.