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

March 11, 2003

Sport clam season modified at Potlatch State Park, Potlatch DNR Tidelands and Potlatch East

Action: The 2003 sport clam fishing season on Potlatch State Park, Potlatch DNR Tidelands and Potlatch East, originally scheduled for April 1 to July 15, has been closed for the entire year.

Effective Date: Immediately through December 31.

Species affected: All clams, except for razor clams.

Location: Potlatch State Park, Potlatch DNR Tidelands and Potlatch East.

Reason for action: The 2003 clam quota on Potlatch State Park, Potlatch DNR Tidelands, and Potlatch East has been reduced due to a significant decrease in the population of legal-sized littleneck clams surveyed last spring. In addition, the sport quota of clams was exceeded in 2002 at Potlatch State Park, further reducing the 2003 sport share on this beach. A closed season is necessary to avoid over harvest of the 2003 sport share. This regulation change was approved by the Fish & Wildlife Commission at its February 2003 meeting.

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.