RECREATIONAL RAZOR CLAM OPENER

The late February 2019 recreational razor clam opener will proceed. The confirmed opening dates are:

The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides:

  • Feb. 15, Friday; 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Feb. 16, Saturday; 4:08 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Kalaloch
  • Feb. 17, Sunday; 4:59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
  • Feb. 18, Monday (HOLIDAY); 5:46 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
  • Feb. 19, Tuesday; 6:31 p.m.; -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 20, Wednesday; 7:14 p.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Feb. 21, Thursday; 7:56 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors

NOTE: We have added one day at Long Beach to this schedule, Sunday Feb. 17.

Our web site will likely not be updated until tomorrow (2/13) when our Olympia office returns to full operation following weather related closures.

The following are the results from the second round of tests.

MARINE TOXIN UPDATE:

Listed below are the most recent marine toxin levels, as announced by the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) on February 8, 2019. As you can see, these samples are all below the action level for Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP) from Domoic Acid, Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) and Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP).

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; 80 µg/100g for PSP; and 16 µg/100g for DSP) on both of the two required sample collections.

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

These samples were all collected on 02/05/2019.

Long Beach Area E (north):

  • domoic acid =   6 ppm
  • PSP = none detected
  • DSP = none detected

Twin Harbors Area CL (middle):

  • domoic acid =   4 ppm
  • PSP = none detected
  • DSP = none detected

Copalis Area XL (middle)

  • domoic acid =   5 ppm
  • PSP = none detected
  • DSP = none detected

Mocrocks Area CP (middle)

domoic acid =   5 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = none detected

Kalaloch Area North

domoic acid =   4 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = 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 marine toxins and other harmful algal blooms, see the following links:

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