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Clamming reopens on Clatsop beaches

Friday, March 1, 2019

Razor clamming reopens today, March 1, on beaches from Tillamook Head in Seaside to the mouth of the Columbia River.

The beaches had been closed to give undersize clams and a chance to grow after fall surveys found mostly small clams with shell lengths between 2 and 3 inches.

“The small razor clams on Clatsop Beach we observed this fall have grown at a rate we anticipated,” said shellfish biologist Matt Hunter of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Currently, the dominant size of clams is between 3 1/2 and 3 3/4 inches with few larger clams available,” he said. “As spring progresses and we get longer days, more food will be available and the clams will continue to grow.”

The beach from Seaside to Warrenton is Oregon’s most popular area for razor clamming with 5,000 to 6,000 people out on a good low tide.

The beach is open to clamming Oct. 1 through July 14 each year, provided Oregon Department of Agriculture testing finds the clams safe to eat, which is the case.

The 2018-19 razor clam season on Clatsop beaches was delayed from its traditional opening date because the population was dominated by undersized clams.

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