Shellfish Safety

The mission of the Division of Shellfish Safety is to protect shellfish consumers through water quality monitoring, growing area assessment, education and regulatory programs.

Emergency and Conditional Shellfish Closures

  • Click here to view Emergency Shellfish Closure # 046-081A “Allens Island” in the York River.  All other shellfish harvesting waters are currently classified according to routine criteria.
  • Click here for the status of Conditional Shellfish Harvesting waters.

Water Guidance

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

Shellfish Safety Recall Notices

  • Click here to view the current Recall Notice issued January 24, 2020.

Shellfish Harvesting Area Map

  • Zoom in to see Condemnation Zones, Seasonal Condemnation Zones, and Sampling Stations.
  • Use layer selection (second icon on the bottom right) on lower task bar to add several interesting layers such as lease information, public harvesting grounds, or oyster sanctuaries.
  • For full map please go to
    • This can also be viewed on mobile devices.