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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Shellfish harvesting will open next month on three local beaches

A few shellfish opportunities will be sprouting up next month around the Puget Sound region.

The sport clam season will open earlier than planned at Point Whitney Lagoon in Hood Canal. The season will allow harvest March 1-31 on this beach located in Jefferson County. Surveys found the clam population will support a one-month season.

The sport clam season was shortened by two weeks at the Point Whitney Tidelands will be open March 15 through April 30. Surveys showed the clam population declined, requiring a shorter season.

After being closed in 2010 due to over-harvest in 2009, Penrose Point State Park in Pierce County on Carr Inlet will be open for clams and oysters March 1 until further notice.

Surveys indicate that the clam and oyster populations will support a three-month fishery.

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