Although DA levels have turned the corner on all WA beaches, all but one beach remains tainted ABOVE the action level.
And so we wait... some more. So de-moralizing.
I want fresh clams
The closure thresholds are federally regulated. I’m presuming you’re referring to treaty harvest which if sold to the public would follow the same regulations. I’d be surprised to see them take any if levels were high.Curious if Q's use the same numbers the state does to proceed or shut down.
Here you go! https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/02334/wdfw02334.pdfAnything leaking out on size/quantity? The word on the beach last year was that the thick population of large clams was made up of specimens that would soon die of old age. Any support to that theory?
A bit of a retraction. There is a REMOTE possibility of opening the tide series in the first week of Feb. But it would mean having to obtain a valid sample sometime around Jan 31 or Feb 1 to get the results back in time. This is no small task as the tides would be +0.86 or higher when attempting to dig those samples.Next diggable day for sampling is next Wed 18th followed by Feb 3. But with Feb 3 being a Friday night dig, results from the lab would not be available til the following Monday Feb 6 at the earliest, leaving only two more diggable days for that tide series.
Realistically, the best case scenario at this point is a potential opening Feb 16. 😕
According to ODFW and WDFW shellfish managers the bloom started in mid September and was gone in early to mid November. But by then the razors had already gotten dosed with the toxin which takes a long time to cleanse from their body.Downward trend for Clatsop over the past 3 tests is an encouraging sign that the current algae bloom is abating. Hoping that trend moves northward.