The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is accepting public comments on digging days, catch limits and other management options for the upcoming razor clam season.
The 2011-12 razor clam season ended May 7, with a total of 2.5 million clams harvested in 195,000 digger trips, the lowest harvest and effort in the last 12 years, Ayres said. He said the drop mirrors a decline in clam numbers, due to the natural cycle of coastal razor-clam populations. However, WDFW’s 2012 stock assessment shows strong increases in the number of harvestable size clams on all ocean beaches, except Kalaloch.
“We are looking forward to a really great season,” Ayres said.