Clams, oyster season opens later and is extended at Fort Flagler State Park in Washington
Action: The sport clam and oyster fishing season at Fort Flagler State Park, including that portion of the spit west of the Park boundary (Rat Island) will open on May 15, 2012.
Effective date: Fort Flagler State Park including that portion of the spit west of the Park boundary (Rat Island): May 15, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2012.
Species affected: All clams and oysters.
Location: Fort Flagler State Park, including that portion of the spit west of the Park boundary (Rat Island). This beach is located in Jefferson County on Admiralty Inlet.
Reason for action: Surveys indicate that the clam population has increased, allowing a one-month longer season in 2012 (the 2011 season ran from April 15 through July 31). The delayed opening date avoids conflicts with the seaweed season on this beach, and adds harvest opportunity in the Admiralty Inlet region after other local beaches (Oak Bay and South Indian Island County Parks) have closed. The oyster season on this beach coincides with the clam season.
Information 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.