Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

December 31, 2002

Sport clam season modified at Eagle Creek

Actions: The 2003 sport clam season at Eagle Creek, originally planned for January 1 to May 31 has been changed to June 1 to July 15.

Effective date: June 1, 2003 to July 15, 2003.

Species affected: All clams, except razor clams.

Location: Eagle Creek.

Reason for action: Surveys on this beach indicate a 65% reduction in the population of legal-sized clams compared to the previous year, most likely the result of last spring's "winter kill" due to freezing temperatures. The remaining clams will only support a shortened season. Shifting the season to peak summer months allows for better regional harvest opportunities.

Contact: Alex Bradbury, WDFW Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory, (360) 586-1498, ext. 208.

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