Port Madison closed to shellfish harvesting

Health authorities have closed Port Madison Bay on Bainbridge and Miller Bay in North Kitsap to shellfish harvesting because of red tide.

High levels of paralytic shellfish poison were found in mussels taken Monday from Miller Bay near Suquamish.

State and county health officials responded by closing the Kitsap Peninsula shoreline from Agate Passage to Jefferson Point. On Bainbridge Island, the closure goes from Agate Passage to Point Monroe. The closure is for all species of shellfish.

The eastern shoreline of Kitsap County remains closed to the harvest of butter clams only, from Point No Point near Hansville to Blake Island in South Kitsap. The exception is Dyes Inlet, Sinclair Inlet, Rich Passage and Yukon Harbor, which are not affected by the red tide closures.

Paralytic shellfish poison is produced by a species of plankton and concentrated in shellfish. People can become sick from eating toxic shellfish. Symptoms may range from tingling in the lips and tongue to difficulty breathing. Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek medical help.

For information, call (800) 2BE-WELL or visit kitsapcountyhealth.com.