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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Fall coastal razor clam dig looks good, and public meetings begin tonight

The upcoming fall coastal razor clam digging season should be a dandy, and state Fish and Wildlife has some public meetings set this week to get input.

“Razor-clam populations look good, and we’re pleased with what we saw this summer, and it looks like we’ll have good digging this fall,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist.

The fall digs are scheduled to begin sometime in mid- to late -October.

Ayres says the summer assessment showed an increase in the number of harvestable clams on four of five ocean beaches, which could mean more clam digging.

“We’re looking forward to offering some additional harvest days,” Ayres said.

As for marine toxin levels, which are one thing that could hinder or stop digging, Ayres says preliminary reports have the levels are looking fineOK. and there have been some little bumps in the road, but nothing serious.

Upcoming meetings begin at 7 p.m. — Today (Sept. 21): at the Ocosta High School Library, 2580 Montesano St. in Westport; Tuesday, Sept. 22, at the Shilo Inn (Pacific/Rainier Room), 707 Ocean Shores Blvd. N.W. in Ocean Shores; Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Super 8 Motel, 500 Ocean Beach Blvd. at Long Beach; and Thursday, Sept. 24, at Fife High School in the school administration building, 5802 20th St. East off I-5 in Fife. Another meeting will be announced later in Forks.

Written comments will also be accepted through Oct. 5. Mail to: Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091 or e-mail fishpgm@dfw.wa.gov.

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