OLYMPIA -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today
announced the recreational razor clam season for the Pacific beaches.
Twin Harbors Beach and Kalaloch (between Olympic National Park South Beach
Campground access road and Olympic National Park Trail 3) will open April 5 through
April 13. Digging is allowed during a.m. tides on odd numbered days only.
A donation of 10,000 clams from the Quinault Indian Nation made the five-day
non-Indian season at Kalaloch possible. Bern Shanks, director of the Department of
Fish and Wildlife commented, "This is a good example of how cooperative
management can benefit fisheries."
Long Beach, as previously announced, is open for a recreational harvest
March 8. If sufficient clams remain, then additional harvest days will be announced for
The beaches from the Copalis River north to the Moclips River will remain
The schedule is tentative, pending final testing for naturally occurring marine
toxins by the Washington Department of Health.
Department biologists report that the limited spring season is the result of low
clam populations. Following the spring season, WDFW will be researching clam
populations from the Columbia River to Kalaloch, utilizing a new and more accurate
assessment method. Biologists hope the four-month project will show a more abundant
number of clams that will be ready for harvest next year.
All recreational diggers are reminded that they need a 1997 Shellfish/Seaweed
license. The fee for Washington residents from age 15 to 69 is $5, residents 70 years
of age and older pay $3. The non-resident license fee is $20. The daily limit is the first
15 razor clams dug, regardless of size or condition.