SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has lifted health advisories Monday related to sport-harvested shellfish in Ventura and Marin counties.
Advisories have been lifted for whole scallops and all clams. The CDPH issued the advisories because they detected dangerous levels of naturally occurring paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins that can cause illness or death. Recent testing shows that these toxins have decreased to safe or undetectable levels.
CHPH warnings against sport-harvested clams or whole scallops in the counties of Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma are still in effect.
Advisories for sport-harvested razor clams from Del Norte and Humboldt counties are still in effect due to dangerous levels of domoic acid. An annual statewide quarantine of sport-harvested mussels is also in effect.
These warnings do not apply to commercially sold clams, mussels, scallops, or oysters from state-certified commercial harvesters or dealers.