2016 Coastal Razor Clam Updates

From:  Dan L. Ayres   |   Coastal Shellfish Manager  

SEASON UPDATE:  Washington recreational razor clam harvest will open in January 2016. Below are the opening dates, the time of the evening low tides and the beaches that are included:

.             January 7, Thursday, 4:57 p.m.; 0.1 feet, Long Beach

.             January 8, Friday, 5:37 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Copalis

.             January 9, Saturday, 6:16 p.m.; -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Copalis

.             January 10, Sunday, 6:55 p.m.; -1.0 feet, Long Beach

.             January 11, Monday, 7:34 p.m.; -1.0 feet, Long Beach

.             January 12, Tuesday, 8:14 p.m.; -0.8 feet, Long Beach

.             January 13, Wednesday, 8:56 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach

.             January 14, Thursday, 9:40 p.m.; 0.2 feet, Long Beach

 

Please note that the Copalis razor clam beach includes, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and the Copalis areas. The Long Beach razor clam beach includes Seaview, Cranberry, Klipsan , Ocean Park and Oysterville.

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

BEACHES THAT REMAIN CLOSED INCLUDE:

Mocrocks Beach (just north of Copalis); which includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips).

Twin Harbors Beach; which includes Westport, Grayland and North Cove

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 January 4, 2016.

This is the second of two rounds of Long Beach and Copalis razor clam samples required by WDOH before any recreational razor clam opener. As you can see, the Long Beach and Copalis samples are all below the action level for domoic acid, Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP). As a result, WDOH has allowed WDFW to proceed with this Long Beach and Copalis razor clam harvest opener. Testing will continue on Long Beach Copalis and if toxin levels remain low, additional digging will be scheduled on these beaches later in January. Details will be forthcoming.

This is the first of two rounds of Mocrocks razor clam samples required by WDOH before any recreational razor clam opener. As you can see, the Mocrocks samples are all below the action level for domoic acid, Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) and Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP). As a result, IF the next round of samples (scheduled for collection  before the end of the year) test below the action level, WDFW will announce tentative dates for a razor clam dig on Mocrocks in January – likely around the good tides near January 22, 2016. More details will be forthcoming.

 Domoic acid levels at Twin Harbors remain consistently above the action level. Testing will continue on this beach, but we have no prediction when digging might open.

 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 collected on either 12/29/15 or 12/30/15

 Long Beach Reserve (north):

domoic acid =  19 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

Long Beach Area XA (middle):

domoic acid =  18 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

Long Beach Area A (south):

domoic acid =  11 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

Twin Harbors Area XH (north):

domoic acid =  18 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

Twin Harbors Area CL (middle):

domoic acid =  18 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

Twin Harbors Area G (south):

domoic acid =  33 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

Copalis Area GS (north)

domoic acid =  18 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

Copalis Area XL (middle)

domoic acid =  8 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

Copalis Area XK (south)

domoic acid =  13 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

 

Mocrocks Area MP (north)

domoic acid =  18 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

Mocrocks Area CP (middle)

domoic acid =  13 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

Mocrocks Area BC (south)

domoic acid =  7 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = pending (expected to be very low)

 This data can also be found on our web site at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/domoic_levels.html

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

 

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

 Dan L. Ayres   |   Coastal Shellfish Manager  

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife   |   Region Six

48 Devonshire Road   |   Montesano, WA 98563   |   USA

Office: (360) 249-4628 (ext. 209)   |   Mobile: (360) 470-3557

FAX: (360) 249-1229   |   WDFW Radio Call Sign W-758

 

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