Continued low population estimates of razor clams in the last five years has led Olympic National Park managers to announce Thursday there will be norecreational digs this year.
This will be the third season in a row there has been no digging in the Kalaloch area. The 2014-15 season is scheduled to begin Tuesday at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, and run through Oct. 12 and include digging at Mocrocks and Copalis. You can find the tentative schedule for the remainder of the year here.
“Considering the continued depression of the Kalaloch razor clam population, Kalaloch beach will remain closed to recreational razor clam harvest this season,” park superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in a news release.
Biologists from Olympic National Park, Quinault Indian Nation, Hoh Indian Tribe and state Department of Fish and Wildlife conduct razor clam stock assessments each summer. This summer’s assessment showed the Kalaloch razor clam population is about half the number of clams found in 2013. In addition, adult clams continue to be small, with an average size of 3.8 inches.
Biologists are not sure why the Kalaloch razor clam populations remain so low.
The park will continue to consult with biologists from the other three agencies to assess potential razor clam harvests at Kalaloch in the future.