Sport Shellfish Season Delayed At 2 Mason County Beaches

potlatchstateparkSport clam and oyster season will be delayed at Potlatch State Park, Potlatch DNR Tidelands and Oyster Reserves of North Bay (Case Inlet), near Victor and Allyn. The season at Potlatch will be delayed until July1 and the season at North Bay until June 1.

This delay affects all clams and oyster.

Specific Details:

Potlatch State Park and Potlatch DNR Tidelands.
These adjacent beaches are located in Mason County, near Hoodsport.

Action: The sport clam and oyster fishing season will be delayed until July 1.

Effective date: Open July 1 through Aug. 31, 2014.

Species affected: All clams and oysters.

Reason for action: Surveys indicate that the clam population at Potlatch State Park has increased, and the clam population at adjacent Potlatch DNR Tidelands has remained stable. But the state share of the clam quota on both beaches was overharvested in 2013. This overharvest must be “paid back to the resource,” requiring a delayed and shorter season.

Oyster Reserves of North Bay (Case Inlet).
This beach is located in Mason County, near Victor and Allyn.

Action: The sport clam and oyster fishing season will be delayed until June 1.

Effective date: Open June 1 through July 31, 2014.

Species affected: All clams and oysters.

Reason for action:  Harvesting of clams and oysters on this beach continues to increase significantly, and surveys indicate that the clam population has declined. Moreover, the state clam share was overharvested in 2013 by more than 6,000 pounds, requiring a much shorter season in 2014. The June-July season maximizes the number of good low tides available for harvesters.

March 17, 2014/Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife News Release