Razor Clam Dig Cancelled Nov 13 - 19, 2020
Unfortunately, high levels of domoic acid cancelled the mid-November razor clam dig scheduled for November 13 - 19, 2020. Reviewing testing data, all dig areas saw a pronounced increase of the toxin. It can take some time to drop back down to the "safe for consumption" parts per million level set by the DOH, but with the change in weather, we could see a decrease in time for the next scheduled harvest. We will continue to monitor the data and provide updates as we progress through November.
WDFW released the following statement about the digs:
OLYMPIA--Washington's ocean beaches will remain closed to razor clam harvest until at least December after test results on razor clams dug at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch and Copalis indicate levels of domoic acid that exceed the threshold (20 parts per million (ppm)) set by state public health officials for safe consumption.
“Concentrations of domoic acid have increased rapidly beyond safe consumption thresholds set by the Washington Department of Health (DOH),” said Larry Phillips, coastal region director with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “It is entirely possible that we will see higher than safe levels, even into December. We understand how important razor clam digging opportunities are to coastal communities and citizens of Washington, and we will continue to work with our partners to reopen as soon as possible.”
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.
WDFW managers will await additional test results from DOH prior to announcing additional digging opportunities.