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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Some beaches open for sport shellfish harvest

The Point Whitney Lagoon near Brinnon in Hood Canal is open now through March 15 for clam harvest.

In a state Fish and Wildlife news release a survey indicated that the clam population has decreased, requiring an earlier season that will attract fewer harvesters.

Belfair State Park in Mason County on Hood Canal is now open through Aug. 31 after state Fish and Wildlife surveys found that the clam population can sustain a longer season. The Belfair oyster season is also open year-round.

The clam and oyster season at Fort Flagler State Park in Jefferson County near Port Townsend is open now through April 15, and May 15 through Dec. 31.

Surveys taken showed the clam population at Fort Flagler can maintain a longer season this year. The split season avoids a one-month seaweed season at Fort Flagler.

Many other Hood Canal beaches are also currently open for either oysters clams. Check the state Fish and Wildlife website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ for specific beaches. Before hitting a beach, call the shellfish hotline at 866-880-5431.

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