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”

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.

Connecting Anthony Bourdain, Alfred Hitchcock, Shellfish & Neurotoxins


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This recent article by Scientific American guest blogger and scientist, Douglas Fields, explains the hard science behind the physiological effects of consuming shellfish tainted with marine biotoxins. Mr. Fields entertaining analysis also draws connections between Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds, the beloved exploits of Anthony Bourdain, marine biotoxins, and shellfish consumption. It’s a fun read, and one that really emphasizes why we need to pay close attention to the hard work of Fish & Wildlife biologists. The marine biotoxin angle, especially, caught our attention.

The Razor Clam Society strives to keep razor clamming enthusiasts up to date on key issues that affect the recreational razor clamming community, recently drawing awareness to a congressional briefing on harmful West Coast Algal Blooms sponsored by NOAA. We look forward to future research about these environmental issues affecting our coasts and our clams.

Donating to the Razor Clam Society is an investment in the future for healthy coasts and sustainable practices. Our goal is to educate, research, promote, and share.

In the short term, the Razor Clam Society promotes clamming on the coasts, which means more tourism to coastal towns and market awareness far beyond it.

In the long term, the Razor Clam Society sees itself supporting the sustainability of coastal tourism by encouraging scientific research and conservation.

Donations to the Razor Clam Society today mean big, positive impacts on coastal communities tomorrow. Increased funding for the Razor Clam Society means we can stay on top of current data, have an active voice in governmental policy, spearhead new research, and better connect clammers to each other.

Razor clam digging delayed through November

Sadly, WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife released an update on the razor clam season yesterday and digging will be delayed through the ENTIRE month of November due to high marine toxin levels. A link to the full release can be found here.  Act now and provide comments on how this affects you. Email us: admin (at) razorclamsociety.org


NOAA Briefing; 2015 West Coast Harmful Algal Blooms: Toxic, Extensive, and Persistent! Action Required!

WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Coastal Shellfish Manager, Dan Ayres, has contacted the Razor Clam Society regarding an upcoming briefing in Washington D.C. that will address West Coast Harmful Algal Blooms. This is a serious issue that affects recreational razor clammers and communities that host razor clamming.  Mr. Ayres will be a featured speaker at the event.

Additionally, NOAA, the event organizer, is asking for assistance in getting the word out to congressional staff through multiple channels to raise awareness of this briefing, and the issues it will address.

Please take time to contact staff working for members of congress, especially staff working for Washington Rep. Herrera Beutler, Rep. Kilmer and Sen. Cantwell.  Follow those links to contact your lawmaker directly.

If you live in Alaska, California, or Oregon, this is important for you too. Contact your Senator or Representative!

And, please share with us your stories about how algal blooms and marine toxins affect you! We will pass on those stories to Mr. Ayres. Thank you.

The details for the briefing and flier appear below:

Briefing; 2015 West Coast Harmful Algal Blooms:  Toxic, Extensive, and Persistent

Friday, November 6, 2015 | 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Cannon House Office Building | Room 121


Razor Clamming License Sales Strong

October 22, 2015

WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife FY 2014-2015 Data

The Razor Clam Society has analyzed data obtained from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and concludes that razor clam license sales for the 2014-2015 fiscal year (FY) could have reached record levels. WDFW fiscal year begins in July and ends in June.

Keeping in mind that the season was cut short by approximately 10 digging days due to high domoic acid levels, the 2014-2015 might have beat the previous fiscal year.

WDFW has estimated that approximately 397,000 trips were made to WA State beaches to dig razor clams during the fiscal year. With the shorter season, WDFW estimated about 90,000 digger trips were not taken. Had the season not been shortened, the data suggests new highs would have been reached, beating the previous high tide set during FY 2013-2014.

The full WDFW report of the season can be found here.

The Numbers

Here we ONLY provide the total number sold for all Annual Razor Clam and 3-Day Razor Clam licenses, including non-resident licenses. We do not extrapolate, nor have we attempted to estimate, the number of Razor Clammers that also purchased combination licenses. We have not been provided with month over month data.  

2015: 75,681

2014: 80,443

2013: 72,327

2012: 53,532

We need your help

Please donate to the Razor Clam Society to help us conduct further research that supports the recreational razor clamming community.

Sadly, we were unable to obtain current and up-to-date data from fish & wildlife administrators outside of WA State.

With your help, the Razor Clam Society will be able to supplement the hard work undertaken by fish and wildlife administrators in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, and British Columbia. We seek to support and sponsor research that would provide data to assist administrators in further understanding razor clam populations that will hopefully result in more recreational opportunities for razor clammers.

Donate today!

Marine Toxins Delay Razor Clam Digs in Washington

October 8, 2015

Marine toxins delay razor clam digs this fall

Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628

OLYMPIA – Elevated levels of marine toxins have prompted state shellfish managers to postpone the start of razor clam digging on ocean beaches this fall.


Oregon Recreational Shellfish Biotoxin Closures

The Razor Clam Society strives to keep recreational razor clammers up to date on news that affects them. Below are important links to Oregon’s most recent razor clamming issues: