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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 9, 2012 at 8:38 AM

Latest marine toxin tests from coastal razor clam beaches

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As we head into the first morning coastal razor clam digs this weekend here is a look at the latest marine toxin levels:

Beaches open Saturday, March 10, (minus-0.3 feet at 7:39 a.m.) are Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks; and Sunday, March 11, (-0.4 at 9:28 a.m) are Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.

Over the last several month levels have remained very low, as is the case with the most recent results presented here, according to Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist.

Listed below are the most recent marine toxin levels, as announced by the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) on March 6, 2012.

As you can see, these samples are all below the action level for both domoic acid and PSP and WDOH has allowed WDFW to proceed with this early March razor clam harvest opener.

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 parts per million for domoic acid and 80 microgram/100 grams for PSP) on both of the two required sample collections.

Note that in all of these samples; only razor clam meat tissue is tested. NTD means that there was “no toxin detected”.

These samples were collected on March 4, 2012

Long Beach Reserve:

Domoic acid = less than 1 ppm

PSP = NTD

Twin Harbors Area CL (middle):

Domoic acid = less than 1 ppm

PSP = less than 39 µg/100g

Copalis Area XL (middle):

Domoic acid = NTD

PSP = NTD

Mocrocks Area CP (middle)

Domoic acid = NTD

PSP = NTD

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