Just when we thought it was going to be an issue free razor clamming season, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) sends out a press release indicating that rising marine toxin levels have prompted them to delay the upcoming razor clam digs at Long Beach and to review openings at other ocean beaches.
WDFW also said that they will continues to monitor toxin levels to determine whether razor clam digging can proceed at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches.
WDFW previously announced a tentative schedule of digs for Oct. 14 through Dec. 31 at the four ocean beaches.
Dan Ayres, WDFW Coastal Shellfish Manager, said that digging at Long Beach will be on hold until tests indicate toxin levels have dropped and the clams are safe to eat.
Test results on razor clams dug recently at Long Beach indicate levels of domoic acid exceed the threshold (20 parts per million) set by state public health officials. Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.