Are they safe to eat?

The waters from which shellfish may be harvested are tested on a regular basis to ensure public safety. This protocol is established by Federal guidelines and is implemented by the Commonwealth. Should the index exceed the threshold for safety then the area will be closed to harvest and will be posted and patrolled. Eating raw shellfish may pose potential health risks for some individuals and consumers should be mindful of the potential health effects. Occasionally, persons may have an allergic reaction to eating shellfish.

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1. Where can I go shellfishing?
2. How much can I take home?
3. What will I be able to harvest?
4. What do I need to go shellfishing?
5. What’s the difference between a clam and a quahog?
6. How about Senior permits?
7. Are they safe to eat?
8. What about Red Tide?