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Friday, July 13th, at 9pm EDT, we’re performing scheduled maintenance. We anticipate this planned outage will end by 3am Saturday, July 14th.

Shellfish Safety


Certain persons with serious, underlying medical conditions have an increased risk of serious illness or death from Vibrio vulnificus; a naturally occurring organism found in some coastal waters. Persons having this increased risk include, but are not restricted to those affected by: AIDS; chronic alcohol abuse; liver, stomach or blood disorders; cancer, diabetes and kidney disease. These individuals should never consume raw shellfish. Individuals that are uncertain of their health status should seek the advice of a physician.

General Guidelines

Harvest shellfish only from open areas that are classified "Approved" or "Conditionally Approved." Only purchase shellfish that have been processed by a Certified Shipper. Permitted Retail Food Establishments are required by law to maintain shellstock identification tags on file for at least 90 days. This tag contains important harvest and processor information - ask to see it if it is not displayed. Shucked oysters in containers less than 64 oz. should display a certification number and "sell-by" date. Containers with a capacity of more than 64 oz. must have a "shucked" date. Non-frozen shellfish should be stored between 34 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Any in-shell shellfish that gape open should be discarded. Thorough cooking may reduce some risk. Again, if you have a serious underlying health condition, do not consume raw shellfish.

Shellfish Cooking Tips - Courtesy of the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC).

Shellfish Cooking Tips