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May 12, 1999
Contact: Jackie Hursey, (360) 902-2861

Shellfish rules change at 3 Puget Sound beaches

OLYMPIA Recreational clam and oyster seasons are changing for three Puget Sound beaches, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

The beaches are:

  • Dosewallips State Park open to clam harvest until further notice because harvest efforts to date have been less than expected. Oyster harvest also remains open

  • Potlatch (Department of Natural Resources): closes to clam harvest on May 31, because the non-Indian share of the shellfish will be taken

  • Potlatch State Park: closes to clam harvest on May 31 because the non- Indian share will be taken. Oyster harvest will remain open

Shellfish fishers should check the 1999-2000 Fishing in Washington regulation pamphlet for additional rules. Recreational clam and oyster harvesting requires a shellfish/seaweed license. Harvesters also should check the Marine Toxin Hotline (1- 800-562-5632) before taking shellfish.