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

March 23, 2009

Sport clam and oyster season delayed at Fort Flagler State Park

Action: The sport clam and oyster fishing season at Fort Flagler State Park opening will be delayed until May 15, 2009.

Effective date: April 1, 2009.

Species affected: All clams and oysters.

Location: Fort Flagler State Park, located in Jefferson County.

Reason for action: This delayed opening of the season avoids the period when Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning closures are most likely, and also avoids conflict with State Parks? seaweed harvesting season.

Other Information: The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted permanent rules at their February 2009 meeting that will extend the season through July 31, 2009.

Last year, the clam and oyster season at this Park was scheduled to be open April 1 through June 15, but was closed most of this time by Department of Health due to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP). PSP closures have prevented harvest on this beach during much of the spring season for the last several years. This shift in season timing avoids the period when PSP closures are most likely, and also avoids conflict with State Parks' seaweed harvesting season. This season change was approved by the Fish & Wildlife Commission at their February 2009 meeting.

Information contact: Camille Speck, WDFW Point Whitney Shellfish Laboratory, (360) 586-1498, ext. 234.

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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