January 2021 Razor Clam Update

For all those that have asked the Razor Clam Society about the status of the razor clam season, we provide to you the most recent update below from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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MARINE TOXIN UPDATE:

Listed below are the most recent marine toxin levels, as announced by the Washington Department of Health (WDOH).

Recall, before a beach can be opened for the harvest of razor clams, WDOH protocol requires that all razor clam samples collected from that beach must test under the action level (20 ppm for domoic acid; 80 µg/100g for PSP; and 16 µg/100g for DSP) on both of two required sample collections, that must be spaced 7 to 10 days apart.

Note that in all these samples; only razor clam meat tissue is tested.

These samples were all collected on 01/11/2021.

Long Beach Area E (north):

•             domoic acid =   45 ppm

•             PSP = none detected

•             DSP = none detected

Twin Harbors Area CL (middle):

•             domoic acid =   43 ppm

•             PSP = none detected

•             DSP = none detected

Copalis Area K (south)

•             domoic acid =   28 ppm

•             PSP = none detected

•             DSP = none detected

Copalis Area XL (middle)

•             domoic acid =   25 ppm

•             PSP = none detected

•             DSP = none detected

Copalis Area GS (north)

•             domoic acid =   27 ppm

•             PSP = none detected

•             DSP = none detected

Mocrocks Area CP (middle)

•             domoic acid =   36 ppm

•             PSP = none detected

•             DSP = none detected

Mocrocks Area MP (north)

•             domoic acid =   25 ppm

•             PSP = none detected

•             DSP = none detected

As we reported in December, razor clams are following the historical pattern of slowly depurating (losing) domoic acid. We also are observing the levels “bounce around” some, as they have in past events. This is a result the individual 12 clams we harvest when we are collecting samples. The toxin “load” can vary greatly between individual clams. The laboratory protocol requires the clams to be cleaned and then the meat from all 12 (per area) are blended together. Then a sample of that mixture is analyzed and one result is reported for that area.  If you are interested, you can check out the historical domoic acid data at the link below.

These results and the historical record of domoic acid events can be found at: https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/basics/domoic-acid/levels  (click on “show historical data”) and then hover your curser over the data points for more detail).

Along with sampling collecting razor clam every two week, WDFW together with our colleagues in the ORHAB (Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom) partnership continue on-going observations of the surf zone phytoplankton assemblages. 

4 thoughts on “January 2021 Razor Clam Update

    1. Thus far, no dig dates have been approved for 2021 because of biotoxins… Keep checking back and share your outdoor adventure photos with us on social media etc… We refer you to WDFW for smelt dippin’ info. Have a great day!

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  1. I have a reservation at Pacific beach campground for the end of March for a week. If there’s no claim digging I need to cancel today (30) days prior to get my refund of almost $300.00 back. It appears to much of a gamble. What’s your thoughts?.

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    1. Thank you for reaching out to the Razor Clam Society. We have presented our followers with all the best actionable information available so you can make your own decisions. We cannot advise on how you spend your money, unless it is urging you to make a tax-deductible donation to the Razor Clam Society.

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