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

March 05, 1999
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256

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Clam and oyster regulations change to protect shellfish

OLYMPIA--Recreational clam and oyster seasons have been changed on severalPuget Sound beaches to protect shellfish populations, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

The changes are:

Oyster harvesting

  • Dosewallips State Park opened March 1
  • Eagle Creek will close April 1 until further notice
  • Point Whitney tideland is closed until further notice
  • Potlatch State Park closes April 16 until further notice
  • West Dewatto beach (DNR44A) closes March 16 until further notice
  • Wolfe Property State Park closes May 1 until further notice

Clam harvesting

  • Dosewallips State Park opened March 1
  • Eagle Creek will be open through April 30
  • Mystery Bay State Park will be open through April 30
  • Potlatch State Park will be open through March 31
  • Cline Spit is closed until further notice
  • Fort Flagler State Park closes May 1 until further notice
  • Kopachuck State Park is closed until further notice
  • Oak Bay County Park is closed through April 30
  • Pillar Point is open through April 30
  • Point Whitney tideland is closed until further notice
  • Rendsland Creek closes May 1 until further notice
  • Sequim Bay State Park (north and south sections) is closed until May 16
  • West Dewatto beach (DNR44A) closes March 16 until further notice
  • Wolfe Property State Park closes May 1 until further notice

New shellfish regulations will be contained in the 1999-2000 Fishing in Washington regulation pamphlet available May 1. Updates on recreational shellfish regulations can be heard on the Shellfish Emergency Regulation Hotline at (360) 796-3215. Fishers also should call the Marine Toxin Hotline at 1-800-562-5632 before harvesting shellfish

Recreational clam and oyster harvesting requires a shellfish/seaweed permit.