Mason County shellfish area reopened after cleanup

Health officials have reopened the Annas Bay shellfish harvest area after touring the site Wednesday.

The state Department of Health closed the area on Hood Canal near Union to shellfish harvesting Aug. 18. The bay is downstream from a popular salmon fishing area, and human waste and garbage left by anglers posed possible contamination for oysters and clams.

State crews and volunteers have removed and buried the human waste and have picked up the trash along the water. In addition, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has set up portable toilets for anglers and placed trash receptacles in commonly used areas.