Shellfish safety tips

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Shellfish, such as oysters, clams, scallops, mussels and cockles, feed on microscopic plankton in the water. Changes in water quality can cause bacteria, biotoxins or viruses to build up in shellfish tissue and make those who eat it sick

Contaminated shellfish do not necessarily smell, taste or look different than uncontaminated shellfish

Only harvest in open areas

Before harvesting shellfish, check that an area is open and shellfish are safe to eat:

It is dangerous and illegal to harvest shellfish in prohibited areas. Prohibited areas are:

Always harvest at the water’s edge when the tide is going out.

When in doubt, don't harvest!

Keep your shellfish cold

If you feel sick, call your doctor!

More information

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