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Marine Biotoxin Monitoring 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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2024 Training Dates

April 4th virtual training session 1-3 PM

April 11th field training during a low tide 12-2:30 PM

Registration is required.

New volunteers should attend both sessions.

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For more information contact Carla Glassman,

at Skagit Conservation District


Phone (360) 428-4313 ext.1025  

or e-mail: carla@skagitcd.org

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