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


September 08, 2004
Contact: Dan Ayres, WDFW, (360) 249-4628
Barbara Maynes, Olympic National Park, (360) 565-3005

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Public meetings scheduled on razor clam season

OLYMPIA – Shellfish managers will seek recommendations on the fall razor clam season at a series of five public meetings in western Washington in late September and early October.

At each meeting, biologists for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Olympic National Park will also review the 2003-04 season and discuss the findings of the 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.”

So does the Olympic National Park, which jointly manages the razor clam fishery with WDFW inside the park boundaries.

“We look forward to providing opportunities for people to dig clams while enjoying the beautiful Kalaloch beach,” said Bill Laitner, Olympic National Park superintendent.

Ayres said razor clam populations are continuing to grow under the current management strategy, which should allow for better digging opportunities on most beaches during the coming season. 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:

  • Fife – Monday, Sept. 20, at Fife High School in the school administration building, 5802 20th St. E. (off Interstate 5).
  • Ocean Shores – Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Shilo Inn (Dolphin Room), 707 Ocean Shores Blvd. N.W.
  • Westport – Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Ocosta High School Library, 2580 Montesano St.
  • Long Beach – Friday, Sept. 27, at the Super 8 Motel, 500 Ocean Beach Blvd.
  • Forks – Monday, Oct. 4, at the Olympic Natural Resource Center, 1445 S. Forks Ave. This meeting will be held in conjunction with staff from the Olympic National Park, which manages the Kalaloch razor clam fishery in cooperation with WDFW.

People who are unable to attend the public meetings can submit written comments to WDFW through Oct. 6. Comments should be mailed to Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091 or sent via email (fishpgm@dfw.wa.gov) to the attention of Dan Ayres.

Comments about the Kalaloch razor clam season may be submitted through Oct. 15 to Superintendent, Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362 or via email to olym_ea@nps.gov.