Happy New Year: First 2016 WA Dig Dates to be Announced Soon

Happy New Year from the Razor Clam Society.  According to a recent press release, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will announce during the week of January 4 a tentative schedule of razor clam digs, pending the outcome of marine toxin testing. Full press release can be found here.

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Dig Day Update: Good Weather Expected

Good weather is expected today for the Washington State 2015-2016 Razor Clam Season Opener at Copalis Beach ONLY.  Low tide of -1.2 feet is at 5:47pm.

Next dig dates are below:

  • Dec. 25, Friday, 6:30 p.m.; -1.3 feet, Copalis
  • Dec. 26, Saturday, 7:12 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Copalis

Please send pictures of your dig to Razor Clam Society and tag your photos with #razorclamsociety .

 

 

Oregon Razor Clamming Open!

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, along with Oregon Department of Agriculture, have announced the reopening of razor clamming in Oregon.

Digging is only open from WA border to Tillamook head (south of Seaside, OR). The full notice can be found here & here.

Check your tide charts for optimal times to dig and enjoy!

 

 

Razor Clam Season Officially Open!

Below are the official digging dates for the Fall 2015, Washington State Razor Clam Season Opener.  We look forward to more digging dates to be announced and favorable marine toxin levels in early 2016!

Happy Holidays Razor Clammers!

  • Dec. 24, Thursday, 5:47 p.m.; -1.2 feet, Copalis
  • Dec. 25, Friday, 6:30 p.m.; -1.3 feet, Copalis
  • Dec. 26, Saturday, 7:12 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Copalis

Link to the official announcement can be found here.

 

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Lecture Series: “Razor Clams: A-Z” Dec. 9, 6:30 pm

Al Rammer, Renowned Marine Educator – “Razor Clams A to Z”

Presented by the Coastal Interpretive Center, Ocean Shores, WA

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about our local razor clams from this award-winning speaker.

Alan Rammer, retired from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, has a degree in Shellfish Biology and Invertebrate Zoology. He was the recipient of the 2012 National Marine Educator of the Year award and has been recognized for his innovative educational standards  by several organizations. He is very active in the world of beachcombing and was the co-founder of the Ocean Shores Beachcomber’s Fun Fair in 1985 and served as the events director for that festival for 5 years. This event is still going strong at 28 years. In addition to promoting activities associated with the northwest beaches and traveling the world to meet other aquatic educators, Al currently serves in the Science and Education Seat of the Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee.
The Lecture Series is a fundraising event for the Center. Each lecture is $8.

December 9, 6:30 p.m., Ocean Shores Elks Lodge, 199 Ocean Lake Way, Ocean Shores, WA.

More information can be found here.

 

ONRC Evening Talk –Monday Evening, Dec. 7th -“Catching crab and digging clams – what’s going on with toxins in our seafood?”

You are invited to visit the Olympic Natural Resources Center, 1455 S Forks Avenue, Forks, WA on Monday, December 7th at 7:00p.m. in the Hemlock Forest Room for a presentation by Dr. Vera Trainer on the Harmful Algae Blooms off  our coast.  AKA  “The Blob”

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This seagull could be crazy!

Dr. Trainer is the Supervisory Oceanographer for the Marine Biotoxin program at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.  Current research activities include refinement of analytical methods for both marine toxin and toxigenic species detection, assessment of environmental conditions that influence toxic bloom development and understanding shellfish susceptibility to toxins in their environment.  She is president of the International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA) and directs the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) Harmful Algal Bloom International project focusing on bringing sustainable methods to developing Nations for assessing seafood safety.  Dr. Trainer is the lead investigator of the Puget Sound Monitoring Program for harmful algal blooms and Vibrio (SoundToxins) and was one of the founders of the Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) partnership. Dr. Trainer received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Miami, with postgraduate studies in the Pharmacology Department at the University of Washington.    www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/hab

“Evening Talks” at ONRC are supported by the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund, an endowment that honors the contributions of Fred Rosmond and his family to forestry, education, and the Forks Community.     Refreshments will be served and a potluck of your favorite dessert is encouraged.  For more information contact Frank Hanson at 360-374-4556 or fsh2@uw.edu.