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Shellfish harvest areas may face restrictions

Increased fecal bacteria may cause harvest changes in Annas Bay and the Hood Canal 6 area near Hoodsport, according to the state Department of Health.

The state analyzed water sample data and found increased levels, the DOH said in a news release April 25.

High fecal bacteria levels can prompt the state to change “harvest classification which could lead to a seasonal, environmental, or year-round closure,” the release says.

Fecal bacteria come from “many different sources throughout the watershed,” Kara Kostanich, with the DOH, told the Journal in an email.

Some pollution is animal waste from...


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