WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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December 23, 1998
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408

Some Puget Sound clam, oyster seasons curtailed

OLYMPIA--Recreational clam and oyster seasons will be curtailed on several Puget Sound beaches to protect smaller-than-normal populations of shellfish, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

All the following changes will take effect Jan. 1:

  • Oyster harvesting will close until March 1 at Dosewallips State Park and Potlatch State Park. Additionally, oyster harvesting will close until further notice at Point Whitney Tidelands.

  • Clam harvesting will close until March 1 at Dosewallips State Park, Potlatch Department of Natural Resources Tidelands and Potlatch State Park. Also, clam harvesting will close until further notice at Cline Spit, Oak Bay County Park and Sequim Bay State Park (north and south sections).

  • Clam harvesting will be open from Jan. 1 through April 30 at Mystery Bay State Park.

The season changes differ from listings in the 1998 edition of the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" pamphlet. Updates to recreational shellfish regulations can be heard on the shellfish emergency regulation hotline at (360) 796-3215.

Recreational clam and oyster harvesting requires a shellfish/seaweed license. Shellfish harvesters should check the Marine Toxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 before taking shellfish.