China Imposes First-Ever West Coast Shellfish Ban

China Imposes First-Ever West Coast Shellfish Ban

 

By Ashley Ahearn and Katie Campbell and Anthony Schick

Blake Severns inspects a wild geoduck just plucked from the bottom of Puget Sound. Severn is a diver with the the Washington Department of Natural Resources Aquatics Resource Division.

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:58 pm

China has suspended imports of shellfish from the west coast of the United States — an unprecedented move that cuts off a $270 million Northwest industry from its biggest export market.

China said it decided to impose the ban after recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters were found by its own government inspectors to have high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning. …

http://kuow.org/post/china-imposes-first-ever-west-coast-shellfish-ban

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