Samish Bay harvesters face uncertain future after toxins found in shellfish
SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. -- The owner of Blau Oyster near Samish Bay grows his own oysters, harvests them and supplies it to customers and restaurants. “It’s a little hard because I just took over this company,” owner Gerardo Rodarte said. “It’s a big responsibility.” The health department stopped commercial shellfish operations in the water just several days ago after mussels, scallops, clams and oysters came back with toxic levels of algae poisoning.