Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Employers of the Year
Port Townsend - The Developmental Disabilities (DD) Program at Jefferson County Public Health, in partnership with the DD Advisory Board, Skookum, and Concerned Citizens, is celebrating National Disability Employment Month by honoring the following employers: Subway, Pizza Factory, Pane d'Amore, Enclume, Port Townsend Business Guides, Pippa's, Glow, Goodwill, Homer Smith Insurance, Uptown Nutrition, Safeway, Chimacum School District, and Bayview Restaurant.
Discovery Bay, Hood Canal Beaches Reopen to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish
Port Townsend – Declining biotoxin levels have allowed certain areas in Jefferson County to reopen to recreational shellfishing. Discovery Bay shellfishing areas have reopened to all species except butter and varnish clams, which can retain biotoxins longer. Hood Canal beaches from Seal Rock south to the Mason County line have re-opened for all species. In other parts of Hood Canal, Quilcene Bay and Dabob Bay remain closed due to biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).
Dabob and Quilcene Bay Beaches Now Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish due to Marine Biotoxins
Marine biotoxins that cause Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) have been detected at elevated concentrations in shellfish samples taken from Dabob and Quilcene Bays. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has expanded the closure to include both Dabob and Quilcene Bay beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.
Discovery Bay Beaches Closed to the Recreational Harvest of Shellfish Due to Marine Biotoxin
Marine biotoxins that cause Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) have been detected at concentrations above the closure level in shellfish samples collected from Discovery Bay. As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Discovery Bay beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.
Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week at August 6th Picnic
World Breastfeeding Week is August 4-9 and the 2014 theme is “BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal for Life.” Jefferson County Public Health supports the annual global celebration with a picnic on Wednesday, August 6, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Chetzamoka Park in Port Townsend.
CORRECTION - Kilisut Harbor, Mystery Bay Beaches Re-Open to the Recreational Harvest of All Shellfish Except Butter and Varnish Clams
Jefferson County Public Health is issuing a correction to its press release dated July 17, 2014. Although the shellfish biotoxin closure for Kilisut Harbor and Mystery Bay has been lifted, Mystery Bay State Park – the only public tideland in the area – remains closed to all recreational clam and oyster harvest, per Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations (Washington Administrative Code 220-56-380).