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


September 18, 1998
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255

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Ocean beaches closed to clam digging

OLYMPIA The coastal razor clam season will not open during October as planned, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Levels of domoic acid have risen above the 15 parts per million level established by the state Department of Health as the maximum allowable level for digging to occur. Domoic acid is a naturally occurring marine toxin which accumulates in the flesh of razor clams. Eating clams with high levels of this substance can cause serious health risks.

WDFW, in cooperation with the Department of Health, will continue to sample razor clams to monitor the domoic acid level. When concentrations drop to a safe level, WDFW will set dates for the season.