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November 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Excellent weekend razor clam digging expected, and marine toxins virtually nonexistent

20razor2013All is fine on the coastal beaches for razor clam digging, and marine toxin levels remain well below the cutoff range or nonexistent.

The upcoming coastal razor clam digs start Tuesday (Nov. 4) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, and should be excellent if the weather doesn’t blow diggers off the beaches.

Digging will be open Tuesday (Nov. 4) through Nov. 11 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Nov. 7-9 at Mocrocks; and Nov. 8 at Copalis. Digging is allowed from noon to midnight each day.

Coast-wide a total of 4,500 digger trips Oct. 24-28 took home 51,500 clams for an average of 11.4 clams per person (the first 15 dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit). That compares to Oct. 7-12 when 23,100 diggers dug up 291,000 clams for an average of 12.6 clams per person.

Additional digs are also planned through Dec. 31, and more will be scheduled after the New Year. Details: http://seattletimes.com/html/outdoors/2024637507_outnotes28xml.html.

Here is the marine toxin update by state Fish and Wildlife and the state Department of Health:

Listed below are the most recent marine toxin levels from samples taken Oct. 27, as announced by the state Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday, Nov. 6. According to Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager, recall before a beach can be opened for the harvest of razor clams, DOH protocol requires that all razor clam samples collected from that beach must test under the action level  of 20 parts per million (ppm) for domoic acid and 80 µg/100g for PSP and 16ug/100g for DSP) on both of the two required sample collections.

For more details regarding okadaic acid and DSP, go to http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Shellfish/BiotoxinsIllnessPrevention/Biotoxins/DiarrheticShellfishPoisoning.aspx

Note that in all of these samples; only razor clam meat tissue is tested.

Long Beach Reserve

Domoic acid =  1 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = 1ug/100g

Twin Harbors Area

Domoic acid =  1 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = 1ug/100g

Copalis Area

Domoic acid =  1 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = 1ug/100g

Mocrocks Area

Domoic acid =  1 ppm

PSP = none detected

DSP = 1ug/100g

For more information on razor clams, including how seasons are set, population sampling techniques and how to dig, clean and cook razor clams, go to http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/shelfish/razorclm/razorclm.htm

 

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