Shellfish Protection District

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In 1992, the Washington State Legislature enacted laws to “prevent further closures of recreational and commercial shellfish beds” through RCW 90.72. The legislation delineates procedures for the formation of shellfish protection districts by counties and requires the formation of a district within 180 days of an official downgrade.

Shellfish protection districts are typically based on coastal watersheds and have legal authority to manage stormwater for pathogens, and so provides a natural basis for land use coordination.

The following sites are associated with shellfish protection districts have been developed:

Thurston County

Pierce County