Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

December 29, 2021

Clam, oyster seasons on three beaches will not open Jan. 1

Action: Closes clam and oyster harvesting opportunities at Belfair State Park and Port Gamble Heritage Park Tidelands and clam harvesting opportunities at Point Whitney Tidelands and Lagoon.

Effective date: Jan. 1, 2022, until further notice.

Species affected: Clams and oysters.

Location: Belfair State Park, Point Whitney Tidelands and Lagoon, and Port Gamble Heritage Park Tidelands.

Reason for action: Seasons for these beaches will change in 2022. This action is needed to accommodate 2022 season changes that are currently involved in the permanent rule-making process. WDFW expects final 2022 season changes will be effective in the Spring of 2022.

Additional information: Information on 2022 clam and oyster season-setting via permanent rule making can be found at https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/regulations/development/clam-and-oyster-2022-season.

Information contact: Camille Speck, Port Townsend District Office, 360-302-3030, ext. 313

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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