September 01, 2005
Contact: Dan Ayres, WDFW, (360) 249-4628
Barb Maynes, Olympic National Park, (360) 565-3005
WDFW schedules public meetings
on upcoming razor clam season
OLYMPIA – Shellfish managers will seek input about the fall razor clam season during a series of five public meetings in western Washington in mid-September.
Biologists for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will also review the 2004-05 season and discuss the findings of a recently completed razor clam stock assessment for the Washington coast.
"We’ve made a real effort in recent years to structure razor clam openings in ways that work best for clam diggers and coastal communities," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "As a first step, we want to hear people’s thoughts and suggestions for the coming season."
Staff from Olympic National Park will attend a Sept. 13 meeting in Forks. The park and WDFW cooperatively manage the razor clam fishery at Kalaloch, which is inside park boundaries.
"We look forward to providing opportunities for people to dig clams while enjoying beautiful Kalaloch beach," said Bill Laitner, Olympic National Park superintendent.
Ayres said razor clam abundance is expected to be down slightly from last season, but there should still be plenty available to diggers.
"Last year was a banner year," he said. "Digging probably won't be quite as good this year, but we’ll still have a lot of clams to harvest."
The fall season will be set after the public has had a chance to comment, he said.
The public meetings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the following locations:
- Long Beach – Monday, Sept. 12, at the Super 8 Motel, 500 Ocean Beach Blvd.
- Forks – Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the Olympic Natural Resource Center, 1445 S. Forks Ave.
- Fife – Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Fife High School in the school administration building, 5802 20th St. E. (off Interstate 5).
- Westport – Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Ocosta High School library, 2580 Montesano St.
- Ocean Shores – Monday, Sept. 19, at the Shilo Inn (Pacific/Rainier Room), 707 Ocean Shores Blvd. N.W.
People who are unable to attend the public meetings can submit written comments to WDFW through Sept. 30. Comments should be mailed to Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091 or sent via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the attention of Dan Ayres.
Comments about the Kalaloch razor clam season can be submitted through Sept. 30 to Superintendent, Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362 or via e-mail to email@example.com.