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February 16, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Clam seasons shortened at two Hood Canal beaches near Brinnon

The recreational clam season will be shortened at Point Whitney Tidelands and Dosewallips State Park in Hood Canal.

The Point Whitney Tidelands (excluding Point Whitney Lagoon) located in Jefferson County near Brinnon will be open from March 15-31.

State Fish and Wildlife surveys show clam populations has decreased thus shortening the season by two weeks. The oyster season will stay open on Point Whitney from Jan. 1 through June 30, 2013.

The clam season at Dosewallips State Park in Jefferson County near Brinnon will be open from April 1-15. The digging area is located by boundary markers and signs posted on the beach.

Recreational harvest increased significantly last year, and the state clam share was overharvested, requiring the season to be shortened 3 1/2 months. Oysters will stay open year-round on this beach.

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