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Razor clams to close July 15 on Clatsop beaches

July 11, 2013

Razor Clam Sampling

ODFW biologists survey razor clam populations on a Clatsop beach during a previous conservation closure.
-ODFW file photo-

Razor Clam under water
Razor Clam under water.
-ODFW file photo-

ASTORIA – After a great season, razor clamming will close Monday, July 15, on the Clatsop beaches for the annual conservation closure to protect newly-set young clams.
Since 1967 the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed the 18 miles of beaches north of Tillamook Head to razor clam digging, while young clams establish themselves on the beach during the summer.

“We want to ensure that the Clatsop beaches continue to be productive for razor clam harvesters,” said Matt Hunter, ODFW’s Shellfish and Phytoplankton Project Leader. “By not disturbing the young razor clams it increases the chance of good recruitment.”

During the razor clamming harvest closure, ODFW will conduct stock assessments to determine the health of the population, as they have done since 2004 on the Clatsop beaches.

This year the Clatsop beaches, had good harvest rates and unusually large clams. The beaches are the most productive razor clam beaches in the state, accounting for more than 90 percent of the total harvest.

Digging for razor clams continues to be open on other state beaches. Bay clam and mussel harvesting is open coast wide as well. For the latest shellfish safety information call the shellfish safety hotline before harvesting: 1-800-448-2474.

About the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: ODFW’s mission is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The department’s policies are set by the Fish and Wildlife Commission.  ODFW is headquartered in Salem and works through a regional management structure that allows for fish and wildlife management at the local level. 

ODFW’s Marine Resources Program manages Oregon’s commercial and sport saltwater fisheries and has stewardship over our state’s marine environment.
   

Contact:

Brandon Ford (541) 867-4741 brandon.ford@state.or.us
Matt Hunter   (503) 325-2462 matthew.v.hunter@state.or.us
Fax: (541) 867-0311

 
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