Coastal residents are seeing some welcome indications that Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife shellfish managers are open to suggestions on how to right-size razor-clam harvests without placing this key public asset in any danger.
A recent meeting on the subject left the impression that Dan Ayres and Ron Warren of WDFW are competent stewards of our states shellfish, passionately committed to making sure razor clams are still abundant for future generations. The meeting also left the impression that changes in clam management may somewhat lag behind the facts.
The Ocean Park Area Chamber of Commerce is suggesting a conservative and reasonable change that can still be implemented this season, if WDFW is willing.
Recently announced razor clam openings are all two-day periods. This is a somewhat odd choice since WDFW offers either annual licenses or three-day licenses, not any for two days. Visitors are paying for three days but getting only two.
In addition, WDFW says there are almost four times more harvestable clams on our beach compared to last year. Increasing upcoming digs by a day would not harm the resource.
Making this change would be a good-faith gesture that WDFW is indeed willing to work with the community.