Posts tagged: clams
SHELLFISHING — The strongest year of razor clam digging in more than a decade is predicted this fall based on summer surveys on ocean beaches, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department reports.
Barring issues with marine toxins, clammers could enjoy some of the best harvests in 15 years.
“The test show an even higher density of razor clams on most beaches than last year, when diggers enjoyed a banner season,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager. “That will translate into more days of digging at popular beaches such as Long Beach and Twin Harbors, so long as we don't have any marine toxin issues.”
State shellfish managers will present an update on coastal razor clam stocks and discuss options for structuring this year's season at a public meeting Sept. 19 in Long Beach.
The seasons could start in October. The lowest tides are the first and third weekends of the month. A season could be set for either or both.
Razor clam seasons are also an economic boon for small coastal communities, according to a study conducted by the University of Washington. Last year's season generated approximately $37 million in economic benefits, based on the model used in the study.
SHELLFISH — Just kidding with the headline. I know the difference between clams and waterfowl.
But for a long time, it seems, ducks have had more protection than the great goeduck of Washington's beaches.
Numbers of the largest, oldest and most bizarre-looking wild clam species in the state have been going downhill, says the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“Geoduck poaching is particularly damaging because the species grows slowly over a long period,” said WDFW director Phil Anderson.
The delicacy is the largest burrow clam species in the world and has been recorded as living as long as 146 years.
WDFW and the Department of Natural Resources announced this week in a joint statement that they will undertake new efforts aimed at “preventing poaching, evaluating environmental factors that may be contributing to the decline, seeking legislative budget support for additional field enforcement and reviewing harvest regulations.”
The key may be whether they get the $500,000 they're requesting for increased enforcement.
The goeduck can grow up to two pounds by the time it is five years old. The ones that live into their 100s can reach 10 pounds and fetch $160 per pound on the retail market.
SHELLFISHING — Barring any bad news from marine toxin monitoring, Washington's first razor-clam dig of the season is scheduled to begin Oct. 28 on four ocean beaches, with additional digs planned through late December.
Read on for details and the season schedule through December.
SHELLFISHING — Fewer razor clams will be available for harvest this season on the Washington Coast beaches, according to Washington Fish and Wildlife Department pre-season surveys.
The decline, said state coastal shellfish manager Dan Ayres, is due to the natural cycle of razor clam populations.
“We’ll have a little less digging this season,” Ayres said. “But we’ll probably save as much as we can for spring dates. People like that, the conditions are better and the clams are bigger.”
Information about current razor-clam stocks, marine toxins and digging options is available on the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s shellfishing website.
SHELLFISHING — Seattle Times outdoor writer Mark Yuasa dove head-first into the sport of goeduck harvesting last week.
Read for insight on the technique his friends have developed for gathering the heavyweight of Pacific Northwest clams.
SHELLFISHING — After four years at Western Washington University, my daughter, Hillary, finally got out with a group of West Siders and learned how to dig clams.
These are outdoor life skills you can't learn at home in Spokane.
Next, she needs to find her way onto a boat to land a big salmon. Ideally, the boat would have an extra seat available for her dad.