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CLAMMING NEWS RELEASE UPDATE

NEWS RELEASE Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
November 18, 2020
Contacts: Dan Ayres, 360-470-3557; Jason Wettstein (360) 704-0258

December 1-4 razor clam digs cancelled due to marine toxins

“While levels remain too high for safe consumption on Washington’s ocean beaches, those levels have declined since the last test, and we hope to see that trend continue to the point where we can open,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. More information about domoic acid, as well as current levels at ocean beaches, can be found on WDFW’s domoic acid webpage.

Safe consumption thresholds for domoic acid are set by the Washington Department of Health (DOH).

Razor clam diggers have enjoyed more than 80,000 trips and harvested nearly 1.2 million clams in 2020. The department won’t be able to announce if digs scheduled to start December 12 can move forward until marine toxin test results are conducted by DOH in early December.

WDFW Director Kelly Susewind, Regional Director Larry Phillips, Mayor Jerry Phillips of Long Beach and Andi Day, Executive Director of Pacific County Tourism Bureau  hosted an online meeting covering razor clamming and other topics yesterday that is now available at WDFW’s YouTube page.

Public health officials will also be closely monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 throughout the digging season, and WDFW will rely on their guidance when making in-season adjustments to the schedule if necessary to reduce public health risks.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation

Coronavirus – Covid-19 Information

PAGE 3 PAC CTY PHASED REOPENING
PACIFIC COUNTY HAS BEEN MOVED TO PHASE 2 OF THE STATE’S REOPENING PLAN AS OF MAY 23, 2020…LODGING DATES OF JUNE 1 TO 21 (IN THE CHART ABOVE)
SHOULD READ EFFECTIVE AS OF 5-23-20

Resources on Covid-19

Pacific County Phased Reopening Plan

Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

WA State Coronavirus Response

CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

WA Governor Reopening Guidance for Business and Workers

Pacific County News & Resources

For all local questions related to Covid-19

Please contact the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at:

(360) 875-9407 (North County)

(360) 642-9407 (South County)