Marine Biotoxin Volunteer Training

March 14, 2018

The Skagit Conservation District is seeking interested community volunteers (age 18 and up) to provide support in monitoring local recreational shellfish harvesting beaches for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) and Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP) for the 2018 season. PSP is a serious illness caused by eating shellfish that have consumed large amounts of toxins. DSP is new to our area, and has recently been detected in Puget Sound waters.  Regular monitoring of our beaches assures the safety of public health.

This volunteer program was designed to act as a warning system to assist the WA State Department of Health’s Biotoxin Program during the HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms) season. Time commitment for this program will include approximately 4 to 6 hours a month from mid-April through mid September.

RE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Please pre-register by March 9th, 2018.  If you are interested in participating or would like more information, contact:  Kristi Carpenter, Skagit Conservation District @ (360) 428-4313 or email:

 2018 Training Dates:

Wednesday, March 14th from 1pm to 4pm at the Padilla Bay Research Reserve Thursday, March 22nd from 3 pm to 4:30pm on the beach at March Point.  New volunteers should attend both sessions.