Razor clam digs tentatively set through February of new year



a week before they are scheduled to begin.

“We’re announcing these dates now so people can start making plans for the new year,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “We’ve had a terrific season so far, and expect plenty of great digging in the months ahead.”

Ayres noted that a dig now proposed to start New Year’s Day would effectively add five additional days to a dig previously planned during the last three days in December.

As in recent months, all digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

·         Dec. 29, Sunday, 4:05 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis

·         Dec. 30, Monday, 4:55 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis

·         Dec. 31, Tuesday, 5:42 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks,Copalis,

·         Jan. 1, Wednesday, 6:29 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

·         Jan. 2, Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

·         Jan. 3, Friday, 8:00 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

·         Jan. 4, Saturday, 8:45 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis

·         Jan. 5, Sunday, 9:31 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors

 

·         Jan. 15, Wednesday, 6:19 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors

·         Jan. 16, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors

·         Jan. 17, Friday, 7:22 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

·         Jan. 18, Saturday, 7:53 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

·         Jan. 28, Tuesday, 4:36 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors

·         Jan. 29, Wednesday, 5:25 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach

·         Jan. 30, Thursday, 6:11 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

·         Jan. 31, Friday, 6:55 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

·         Feb. 1, Saturday, 7:38 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis

·         Feb. 2, Sunday, 8:20 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

·         Feb. 26, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors

·         Feb. 27, Thursday, 5:04 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

·         Feb. 28, Friday, 5:49 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

 Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

Please check to insure the beach you are planning to dig is open.

 

Note:

·         Copalis management beach includes: Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and the Copalis areas.

·         Mocrocks management beach includes: Iron Springs, Roosevelt, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and the Moclips areas.

 Feel free to respond to this email if you have any questions.

A description of each beach and a map can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/

For details go to the following web link: http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html

 MARINE TOXIN UPDATE:

Listed below are the most recent marine toxin levels, as announced by the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) on December 20, 2013. This is the second of two rounds of razor clam samples required by WDOH before any recreational razor clam opener. As you can see, these samples are all below the action level for both domoic acid and PSP and WDOH has allowed WDFW to proceed with this razor clam harvest opener.

Recall, before a beach can be opened for the harvest of razor clams, WDOH protocol requires that all razor clam samples collected from that beach must test under the action level (20 ppm for domoic acid and 80 µg/100g for PSP) on both of the two required sample collections.

In the results below, you will see values for a third marine toxin, okadaic acid. This is a toxin that is produced by a surf zone dinoflagellate from the genus Dinophysis. These cells have been observed in coastal surf zone water samples (by our harmful algae monitoring project.)  As result, the Washington Department of Health has added screening for the presence of okadaic acid to the tests conducted on razor clam tissue sampled prior to any razor clam opener. The action level for okadaic acid is 16 µg/100g.

High levels of Okadaic acid in shellfish tissue can produce Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning or DSP.

More details re:  okadaic acid and DSP can be found at: http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Shellfish/BiotoxinsIllnessPrevention/Biotoxins/DiarrheticShellfishPoisoning.aspx

Note that in all of these samples; only razor clam meat tissue is tested.

These samples were all collected on 12/18/13.

Long Beach Reserve:

·         domoic acid =  3 ppm

·         PSP = none detected

·         okadaic  acid = none detected

 Twin Harbors Area CL (middle):

·         domoic acid =  3 ppm

·         PSP = none detected

·         okadaic  acid = none detected

 

Copalis Area XL (middle)

·         domoic acid =  4 ppm

·         PSP = none detected

·         okadaic  acid = none detected

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Mocrocks Area BC (south)

·         domoic acid =  3 ppm

·         PSP = none detected

·         okadaic  acid = none detected

 

For more information on razor clams, including how seasons are set, population sampling techniques and how to dig, clean and cook razor clams please see the following link:

http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/shelfish/razorclm/razorclm.htm

For more information on domoic acid and other harmful algal blooms, see the following links:

http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/research/projects/algal_bloom/index.htmlhttp://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/shelfish/orhab/

http://www.bigelow.org/hab/location.html

http://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/hab/

http://www.ecohabpnw.org/

For updates on scheduled openings, see the WDFW Razor Clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.