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Other shellfish managed by ODFW's Shellfish project

 

Bay Clams

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Bay clams are harvested by licensed intertidal commercial harvesters and also by permitted subtidal divers. These clams are sold for human consumption or bait. Harvest focuses on cockles and gapers, though butter, littlenecks, and softshells are also landed. Historically landings and species targeted have been wildely variable dependent on market demand.

Key management elements include:

  • Limited entry permit system for sub-tidal harvest.
  • Harvest limits based on surveys.
  • Minimum size restrictions.
  • Depth restrictions (divers must be below 10’ MLLW).
  • Area restrictions for human consumption product.
  • Seasonal restrictions for gapers based on spawning times (closed January to June)
  • Handling requirements (eg. bait clams must be dyed on site to prevent sale in human consumption markets).
  • Gear restrictions (eg. hand powered tools only (inter-tidal))
  • Further license and regulation information on the inter-tidal fishery

Bay clam Contacts

Matt Hunter- Marine Resources Program, Astoria
Phone: (503) 325-2462
E-mail: Matthew.V.Hunter@state.or.us

Justin Ainsworth- Marine Resources Program, Newport
Phone: (541) 867-4741
E-mail:  Justin.C.Ainsworth@state.or.us

Mitch Vance - Marine Resources Program, Newport
Phone: (541) 867-4741
E-mail:  Mitch.Vance@state.or.us

 

Razor Clams

Commercial processing

Commercial processing of razor clams for local markets

Razor clams are harvested by licensed inter-tidal commercial harvesters. This commercial fishery dates back to the late 1800’s and traditionally accounted for a high percentage of the total catch. Today, commercial activity accounts for an estimated 15% of the total razor clam harvest, the remaining harvest is recreational. Razor clam commercial harvest is nearly exclusive to Clatsop beach, which is the only area certified by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA)to sell razor clams for human consumption. Markets for commercial razor clams are mostly local human consumption sales, but also include bait markets.

Key management elements include:

  • Logbook requirement.
  • Gear restrictions..
  • Area restrictions.
  • Handling requirements (same as bay clams).
  • Seasonal restrictions

Razor clam contact

Matt Hunter- Marine Resources Program, Astoria
Phone: (503) 325-2462
E-mail: Matthew.V.Hunter@state.or.us

 

mussels bait shrimp

Mussels, bait shrimp, and miscellaneous invertebrates

Mussels, ghost and mud shrimp are harvested for bait. Ghost and mud shrimp are usually harvested in inter-tidal esturine areas, Mussels in rocky ocean areas. Miscellaneous marine invertebrates are occasionally harvested for educational and aquarium uses.

Key management elements include:

  • Logbook requirements
  • Area restrictions
  • Gear restrictions

Miscellaneous Invertebrates Contact

Matt Hunter- Marine Resources Program, Astoria
Phone: (503) 325-2462
E-mail: Matthew.V.Hunter@state.or.

 

Bay crab

Bay Dungeness crab fishery contacts

Justin Ainsworth- Marine Resources Program, Newport
Phone: (541) 867-4741
E-mail:  Justin.C.Ainsworth@state.or.us

Mitch Vance - Marine Resources Program, Newport
Phone: (541) 867-4741
E-mail:  Mitch.Vance@state.or.us

 

dock shrimp spot prawn
Coonstripe (or dock) shrimp Spot shrimp (or Prawn)

Spot prawns and coonstripe shrimp

Other shrimp Contact

Scott Groth- Marine Resources Program, Charleston
Phone: (541) 888-5515
E-mail:  Scott.D.Groth@state.or.us

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