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Return to mussel beach: Annual shellfish quarantine ends

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California's annual, six-month quarantine on mussels — which typically runs from May through Oct. — will come to and end at midnight on Wednesday in all but two coastal counties, the AP reports.

The ban on sport harvesting mussels will continue in Del Norte and Humboldt counties because of dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins, according to the CA Department of Public Health.

Authorities say the toxins are linked to plankton consumed by the mussels. The quarantine does not include commercially harvested shellfish, which is subject to other safety measures.


Selfish shellfish enthusiasts, please enjoy this sad story for children about the unitimely demise of bivalves: