DOH Marine Biotoxin Bulletin
Beach closure listing due to red tide and other marine toxins
WDFW Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) project

Map of Razor Clam Beaches

Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. (This beach is closed to harvest until further notice)

September 2015

Contact:  Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is continuing to monitor marine toxin levels in razor clams along the state’s ocean beaches on a regular basis.

Elevated levels of domoic acid forced WDFW to curtail the razor clam season last spring. Toxin levels have declined in razor clams since then, but remain above the threshold allowed by the Washington Department of Health (DOH).  Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.

Razor clams are considered unsafe to eat by DOH when domoic acid levels reach 20 parts per million in shellfish tissue.  The most recent domoic acid level reports for Washington beaches can be found on WDFW’s domoic acid webpage.

It is unclear whether toxin concentrations will drop to safe levels in time to open the fall razor clam season in October.   Any new information about Washington’s razor clam season will be posted on this webpage.

For more information on this season check out:
Washington Razor Clam Management Briefing: Setting the 2015-2016 Season

The Washington Department of Health (DOH) monitors shellfish for a variety of contaminants, including biotoxins, pollution, and radiation. For more information on shellfish safety, visit DOH's recreational shellfish webpage.