Didn't Harvest? Even if your company didn't harvest or buy oysters from a licensed harvester (HA), we still need you to fill out the reporting form. Leave the oyster information blank and say you did not harvest in the comments.
If you cannot access the online reporting form, contact the Shellfish Program at 360-236-3330 for an alternative reporting method.
What You Need to Report
Only report oysters harvested by your company or purchased from a licensed harvester. This report must be completed by all shellstock shipper (SS) and shucker packer (SP) licensees that harvest oysters or purchase oysters directly from a licensed harvester (HA) for single oyster (shellstock) sales monthly from January-December. Shucker-packers (SP) must report shucked meat or PHP sales monthly from January-December.
Growing Area Reporting for Wet Stored Oysters
While the oysters have not necessarily taken on all of the characteristics of the new growing area, the vibrio population is more likely that of the wet storage growing area after a 14 day period. However, all product must still be tagged correctly according to the Model Ordinance VIII.02.F (5) and X.05.B (2).
What You Don't Need to Report
Shellstock, single oysters purchased from another dealer (SS or SP) shouldn't be reported to avoid double-counting. Oysters harvested for restricted-use only should be reported by the shucker-packer that processes them.
Failure to Report
Companies failing to report the required January-December production data by December 31 will be in violation of the Washington State Vibrio parahaemolyticus control plan (WAC 246-282-006). Failure to report year-round, monthly oyster production data will be in violation of the Model Ordinance.
Why You're Reporting
The 2015 National Shellfish Sanitation Program Model Ordinance requires that all State Shellfish Authorities collect and report oyster production data. This data will be used by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to refine their risk per serving calculations for Vibrio parahaemolyticus. The Washington State Department of Health is collecting this information as the State Shellfish Authority and also intends to use the data to better inform a state-specific Vibrio parahaemolyticus risk assessment.