Four local beaches sport shellfish seasons are being adjusted after state Fish and Wildlife determined that populations have either declined or increased or simply overharvested.
One of the more popular locations is North Bay on Case Inlet in Mason County, which will be open for clams and oysters from June 1 through July 31.
Fisheries officials say harvesting of clams and oysters on North Bay continues to increase, and surveys indicate a decline in the clam population. This as well as the state’s clam share was overharvested last year by more than 6,000 pounds, thus reducing the times this year.
The clam and oyster season at Potlatch State Park and the Potlatch DNR Tidelands in Hood Canal near Hoodsport will be delayed until July 1 through Aug. 31.
While clam populations have increased at Potlatch State Park, and remain stable at the Potlatch DNR Tidelands the state’s share of the clam quota on both beaches was overharvested last year.
The sport clam season will open April 1 until further notice at Sequim Bay State Park located in Clallam County near Sequim.
State fisheries surveys indicate the clam population increased allowing for an extra month compared to last year.
The sport clam and oyster season will be delayed at South Indian Island County Park located in Jefferson County near Port Townsend from July 1 until further notice.
State fisheries surveys indicate the clam population has declined. The delayed opening also provides a more continuous sport opportunity at public beaches in the Admiralty Inlet area including Oak Bay County Park, Fort Flagler State Park, and Port Townsend Ship Canal.