Razor Clam Dig Cancelled Dec 1 - 4, 2020
Unfortunately, the first razor clam dig in December 2020 has been cancelled due to continued high levels of marine toxin.
Based on the latest tests, it's really unlikely we'll see any digs open for December. All but one beach showed an increase in domoic acid this cycle, and historically, levels do not decrease very quickly.
We will continue to track levels and provide updates as they become available.
OLYMPIA--Washington's ocean beaches will remain closed to razor clam harvest until at least December 12 after test results on razor clams dug at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis indicate levels of domoic acid that exceed the threshold set by state public health officials for safe consumption.
“While levels remain too high for safe consumption on Washington’s ocean beaches, those levels have declined since the last test, and we hope to see that trend continue to the point where we can open,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. More information about domoic acid, as well as current levels at ocean beaches, can be found on WDFW's domoic acid webpage.
Safe consumption thresholds for domoic acid are set by the Washington Department of Health (DOH).