600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
April 10, 1998
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255
Changes in Puget Sound clam and oyster regulations
OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is
opening several Puget Sound public beaches for the recreational harvest of clams and
The openings are:
- Dabob Bay - Opened April 1 until further notice on the state owned
tidelands, for clams and oysters, from the north edge of Broad spit, south
1.3 miles. North and south boundaries are identified by markers and
- Illahee State Park - Open for oyster harvest May 1 through July 15 and for
clam harvest May 1 through May 31.
- North Bay - State owned oyster reserves on the east side of North Bay,
north of the power transmission lines, are open to oyster harvest May 1
until further notice. This beach is already open for clam harvest.
Harvesters are reminded that on beaches outside of Hood Canal, a new 2-1/2
inch minimum size rule will be effective on May 1 for oysters. To demonstrate
compliance with this rule, oysters taken on public beaches outside of Hood Canal must
be taken from the beach in the shell. The beach minimum size rule was established to
protect depressed stocks of Olympia oysters.
- Kopachuck State Park - Open for clam harvest May 1 through May 31.
In Hood Canal there is no minimum size limit and oysters must be shucked on
the beach where the shell is used for attachment by juvenile oysters.
Harvesters should check the Marine Toxin Hotline, 1-800-562-5632, prior to
taking shellfish. The 1998 "Fishing in Washington" pamphlet will show the revised
regulations. That publication is scheduled to be available at most sporting goods
stores and at WDFW offices on May 1. Also, the recreational harvest of clams and
oysters on Puget Sound beaches requires a Shellfish/Seaweed license.