The state Department of Health has reopened most commercial and recreational shellfish beds in Penn Cove that remained closed after a fuel spill in mid-May. All shellfish harvest remains closed at Madrona Beach after slight contamination was detected during the latest odor and taste tests.
The Department of Health closed the area to harvest after the fishing boat Deep Sea burned and sank, causing a fuel spill. Some areas in Penn Cove were reopened June 5.
Last week, state health officials worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on another round of sensory (smell and taste) testing in the closed areas. Other than shellfish from Madrona Beach, the results show mussels are not contaminated and are safe to eat.