December razor clam digs canceled


December 10, 2020

Washington's ocean beaches will remain closed to razor clam harvest through December 31 after test results on ocean beaches indicate levels of domoic acid that exceed the threshold set by state public health officials for safe consumption.

Prior to recently rising levels of domoic acid that limited WDFW’s ability to reopen, razor clam diggers enjoyed more than 80,000 trips and harvested nearly 1.2 million clams in 2020.

Safe consumption thresholds for domoic acid are set by the Washington Department of Health (DOH). Public health officials will also be closely monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 throughout the winter and spring digging seasons, and WDFW will rely on their guidance when making in-season adjustments to the schedule if necessary to reduce public health risks.


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