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.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.

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