Rule to Change: WAC 220-52-018
Clams — Gear.
It shall be unlawful to take, dig for or possess clams, geoducks, or mussels taken for commercial purposes from any of the tidelands in the state of Washington except with a pick, mattock, fork or shovel operated by hand, except:
. . .
(2) Aquatic farmers may harvest geoducks that are private sector cultured aquatic product by means of water pumps and nozzles.
(3) Persons may harvest nonstate tideland wild geoducks under a nonstate lands commercial wild clam, mussel and oyster trial fishery permit by means of water pumps and nozzles.
New Rule Proposal: I would like to propose that recreational geoduck diggers be allowed to harvest Geoduck on state tidelands or on private tidelands using water pumps and nozzles.
Why the change is needed: Under the current regulations, recreational geoduck diggers use shovels, and occasionally "geoduck cans" to assist them in getting far enough down to reach the clam. The process requires removal of a significant amount of mud, rocks and other materials. My observation is that the holes that are left on the beach are very large and very few diggers actually fill their holes back in as required.
Allowing water pumps and nozzles would be beneficial to the natural tidelands. Water pumps and nozzles displace a minimal amount of material. There is less damage to the beach environment and clam bed.
The only rationale I can think of for not allowing recreational diggers to use water pumps and nozzles, is that the work of getting a geoduck is a bigger challenge and therefore fewer geoduck are actually harvested. I would suggest that the damage to the beach and clam beds from digging with a shovel far outweighs any risk of over harvesting by diggers using water pumps and nozzles.
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Submitted by: ROVANG, DAVID — PORT ORCHARD, WA
Date submitted: 04/26/2012
WDFW Rule Proposal Recommendation
Not Recommended for further consideration Reference ID: DFW501116
Using commercial gear – in this case high pressure water pumps and nozzles – to recreationally harvest geoducks or any other clam on tidelands is not consistent with recreational clam digging and could result in negative impacts to shellfish beds. The daily limit of geoducks is three per person and can be dug using hand-operated tools.
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