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Ayres, Daniel L., B.S., Coastal Shellfish Lead Biologist


Research Focus
- Coastal Shellfish Biology and Management
- Harmful Algal Bloom

University of Washington, B.S. 1979

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Daniel L. Ayres
Coastal Shellfish Lead Biologist

Dan Ayres is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist who leads the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s coastal shellfish unit based in Montesano and Willapa Bay. He manages Washington’s very popular razor clam fishery and oversees the unit’s work managing the coastal Dungeness crab, pink shrimp and spot prawn fisheries, the Willapa Bay oyster reserves and research projects in Willapa Bay.

He has also worked closely with other state and federal agencies on harmful algal bloom issues since the marine toxin domoic acid was first found along the Washington Coast in 1991. Dan is currently serving his second term on the National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee. He has represented WDFW in testimony on this topic at both the Washington State Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Current Research

Selected Publications