Posts tagged: razor 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.
HUNTING-GATHERING — While most people head to the supermarket for their Thanksgiving fixings, some sportsmen head to the field.
Washington's late-fall wild turkey hunting season opens Nov. 20 in portions of Eastern Washington.
November is also prime time to hunt ducks, geese, deer, pheasant, forest grouse and a variety of other game around the state.
Late modern firearm general white-tailed deer hunting season runs Nov. 10-19 in northeast Game Management Units 105, 108,111, 113, and 124 for any buck. GMUs 117 and 121 are also open for the late buck hunt, but are under a four-antler-point minimum rule.
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 — Clam diggers can ring in 2011 with a three-day razor clam dig on Washington’s coastal beaches over the New Year’s holiday.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the series of evening digs this week after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on all five coastal razor clam beaches are safe to eat.
All of those beaches – Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch – will be open for clam digging Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, from noon to midnight. One beach, Twin Harbors, will also be open from noon to midnight on Jan. 2.
Kalaloch is within Olympic National Park.
Dan Ayres, state coastal shellfish manager, is expecting a big turnout, noting that more than 22,000 razor-clam diggers have flocked to Washington beaches during previous New Year’s Eve openers.
“Razor clam digging has become a New Year’s tradition for thousands of Washingtonians,” he said. “We’re pleased that the tides allowed us to offer another holiday dig this year.”