SEATTLE: US asks China to limit shellfish ban to 2 areas

February 15, 2014 

Workers with Seattle Shellfish unload bags of geoduck planting tubes Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 near their Harstine Island growing beds in Mason County as the company deals with China's ban on imports of shellfish from the West Coast.

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian Buy Photo

U.S. officials have asked China to limit its shellfish ban to two localized areas rather than a wider swath of the West Coast.

A NOAA Fisheries official, Timothy Hansen, sent a letter dated Monday asking Chinese authorities to consider reducing its shellfish ban to one harvest area near Federal Way and another in southeast Alaska.

China imposed a ban in December on the import of shellfish after it found high levels of arsenic in geoducks from Puget Sound.

The Associated Press

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