DOH Shellfish Safety Information
The Washington Department of Health monitors shellfish for a variety of contaminants, including biotoxins, pollution, and radiation.
WDFW Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) project
 
WARNING!
Too much haste makes waste
and gashed fingers


PLEASE DON'T WASTE
Keep the First 15 Clams

How to Prevent Wastage

The frequency of discarded clams is often shocking with wastage estimates running as high as two million clams in a single year. Obviously, destruction of this magnitude reduces the abundance of clams. Each year hundreds of holes left by diggers are examined by WDFW staff to determine the level of wastage that results from discarding clams. Between 80% to 90% of the clams found will die because they are broken, have their necks cut off, or are improperly replanted.

Every digger can help eliminate such serious wastage
by keeping every clam dug regardless of size or condition.

  • Select holes that will yield the larger clams
  • Dig carefully and skillfully for a minimal amount of breakage.

There are few recreational fisheries that provide such excellent returns for the investment in gear and time. Help to maintain good digging for everyone by observing the regulations.


Checking for wastage

Clam Wastage

Severe wastage