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Office of Environmental Health

Shellfish Sanitation

The mission of the Division of Shellfish Sanitation is to minimize the risk of disease from molluscan shellfish and crustacea products at the wholesale level by classifying shellfish waters for safe commercial and recreational harvest; by implementing a statewide regulatory inspection program for commercial processors and shippers; and by providing guidance and assistance to the shellfish and crustacea industries regarding technical and public health issues.

Emergency and Conditional Shellfish Closures

- Emergency Closure # 69N "James River" will go into effect on Monday October 5, 2015. The Division will monitor these waters next week and respond accordingly as is warranted. All other shellfish harvesting waters are currently classified according to routine criteria.


- Click here for the status of Conditionally Condemned Shellfish Harvesting waters.


Water Guidance

- Shellfish Dealers: Click here for drinking and processing water guidance.

Shellfish Sanitation Recall Notices

- There are no Recall Notices issued at this time.

Last Updated: 10-02-2015

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