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Marine Biotoxin Volunteer Program

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Attention Beach Lovers!

           Do you enjoy spending time at the beach, digging clams, learning new skills, and contributing your time to an important community project?  Every spring the Skagit Conservation District seeks interested community volunteers (age 18 and up) to provide support in monitoring local recreational shellfish harvesting beaches for  Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP), Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) and Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning for the season.  PSP is a serious illness caused by eating shellfish that have consumed large amounts of toxins. DSP is new to our area, and has recently been detected in Puget Sound waters.  Regular monitoring of our beaches assures the safety of public health. This volunteer program was designed to act as a warning system to assist the WA State Department of Health’s Biotoxin Program during the HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms) season. Time commitment for this program includes approximately 4 to 6 hours a month from mid-April through September after completing the training (during daytime low tides).

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 Training Dates:

Marine Biotoxin training involves 1 session of instruction and 1 day of field training in the spring, during a low tide (usually in early April).

New volunteers should attend both sessions.

Registration is closed for the 2022 season

Check back in March of 2023


The next training will be in the spring of 2023

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(Fill out waiver first, then attach to the Registration form)

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For more information contact Carla Glassman,

at Skagit Conservation District

Phone (360) 428-4313 ext.1025  

or e-mail:

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