By Caroleine James
Wrangell Sentinel 

Fecal bacteria count at Shoemaker exceeds state standard for commercial shellfish


October 19, 2022

Recreational clam harvesters should take extra caution while preparing and cooking shellfish collected from Shoemaker Bay due to high fecal bacteria levels in those waters, according to Carol Brady of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Brian Herman, co-owner of Canoe Lagoon Oysters, began testing the water in the Shoemaker Bay area for fecal bacteria — called fecal coliforms — because he hopes to establish an underwater storage facility to hold oysters that are awaiting meat test results.

The Canoe Lagoon oyster farm is located on the Blashke Islands, 30 miles southwest...

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