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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Word on coastal razor clam openers should be known soon

The fate of the coastal razor clam digs scheduled to begin by tomorrow (Jan. 29) will be announced anytime now.

“We were able to get on the beaches and dig up the test (razor clam) samples that are at the lab, and we should have the results later this afternoon (Jan. 27) or for certain by tomorrow morning (Jan. 28),” said Dan Ayres, the head coastal state Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologist.

Late last week, fisheries officials decided to cancel the dig at Long Beach where Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) was detected in razor clams.

PSP toxins are produced by microscopic marine algae. Shellfish become toxic by feeding on the algae. The poison acts rapidly in humans, and no antidote has been discovered. The toxin isn’t affected by freezing or cooking.

Marine toxin levels in clams dug this past week at Long Beach were slightly above the cutoff level, and other beaches were still just below the action level.

If given the go-ahead, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks will be open Friday to Sunday (Jan. 29-31), and Kalaloch will be open Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 30-31). Digging is allowed between noon and midnight only.

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