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Contact: Dan Ayres (WDFW), (360) 249-4628 Razor clam dig starts Feb. 7 on 3 ocean beaches OLYMPIA State shellfish managers have approved a six-day razor clam dig beginning Feb. 7 on three ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. This is the first dig at Twin Harbors since late November when domoic acid levels spiked there, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. "Toxin levels have been dropping over the last several weeks at Twin Harbors and now meet public health standards," Ayres said. "This is great news for razor clam diggers." The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides: Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Feb. 12, Sunday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors Razor clam diggers should note that Copalis will be closed the last three days of the dig, when Mocrocks and Twin Harbors remain open, Ayres said. WDFW often opens Copalis and Mocrocks for the same dates due to the proximity of the beaches. "We're able to provide more opportunities by opening Mocrocks separately for a few days this dig," Ayres said. Copalis beach includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas while Mocrocks includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Maps of the beaches can be found on WDFW's razor clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. Long Beach remains closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902 - 8:28 a.m. 2/2/2017
Contact: Dan Ayres (WDFW), (360) 249-
4628

Razor clam dig starts Feb. 7 on 3
ocean beaches

OLYMPIA State shellfish managers
have approved a six-day razor clam
dig beginning Feb. 7 on three ocean
beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening
on evening tides at Twin Harbors,
Copalis and Mocrocks after marine
toxin tests confirmed the clams on
those beaches are safe to eat.

This is the first dig at Twin Harbors
since late November when domoic acid
levels spiked there, said Dan Ayres,
coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

"Toxin levels have been dropping over
the last several weeks at Twin
Harbors and now meet public health
standards," Ayres said. "This is
great news for razor clam diggers."

The upcoming dig is approved on the
following beaches, dates and evening
low tides:

Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0
feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8
feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Feb. 12, Sunday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.5
feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Razor clam diggers should note that
Copalis will be closed the last three
days of the dig, when Mocrocks and
Twin Harbors remain open, Ayres said.

WDFW often opens Copalis and Mocrocks
for the same dates due to the
proximity of the beaches. "We're able
to provide more opportunities by
opening Mocrocks separately for a few
days this dig," Ayres said.

Copalis beach includes Ocean Shores,
Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas
while Mocrocks includes Iron Springs,
Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific
Beach and Moclips. Maps of the
beaches can be found on WDFW's razor
clam webpage at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html.

Under state law, diggers at open
beaches can take 15 razor clams per
day and are required to keep the
first 15 they dig. Each digger's
clams must be kept in a separate
container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have
an applicable 2016-17 fishing license
to harvest razor clams on any beach.
Licenses, ranging from a three-day
razor clam license to an annual
combination fishing license, are
available on WDFW's website at
https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from
license vendors around the state.

Long Beach remains closed to razor
clam digging due to elevated levels
of domoic acid. A natural toxin
produced by certain types of algae,
domoic acid can be harmful or even
fatal if consumed in sufficient
quantities.

Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902

Noel E Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Fishery managers delay decisions on smelt, other Columbia fisheries OLYMPIA Washington state fishery managers have delayed setting a recreational smelt-fishing season on the Cowlitz River until they can better gauge the size of this year's run. In a joint meeting Tuesday with their Oregon counterparts, they also postponed setting an end date for sturgeon fishing in the Bonneville Pool because anglers took just 16 of the 325-fish catch guideline in January. "In both cases, we just don't have enough data to make an informed decision," said Ron Roler, a Columbia River fishing manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). "We're going to keep a sharp eye on the indicators in the weeks ahead." Last year, recreational smelt dipping in the Cowlitz River was limited to one six-hour period, during which 16,700 dippers took approximately 141,000 pounds of the species, also known as eulachon. Smelt were listed under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2010, but a small fishery is allowed to help monitor the size of the return. To help assess smelt returns, the two states today approved a series of eight commercial fishing periods in February. If the daily catch reaches 150 pounds, WDFW will consider open a short sport fishery. "We know there's a lot of interest in this fishery, but we have to make sure the run can support it," Roler said. Unlike smelt fishing, the retention fishery for white sturgeon is already under way on the Columbia River upriver from Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam. After a month of fishing, catch levels in Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools ranged from 5-14 percent of allowable catch levels. Fishery managers will continue to track catch levels and revisit those fisheries in mid-February to early March, Roler said. On Feb. 23, they also expect to set seasons for the spring chinook salmon fishery. The salmon season is currently open through March 31, when the bulk of the run begins to arrive. "We fully expect to announce new seasons for spring chinook well before the fish arrive in earnest," Roler said. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate - 8:26 a.m. 2/2/2017
Fishery managers delay decisions on
smelt, other Columbia fisheries

OLYMPIA Washington state fishery
managers have delayed setting a
recreational smelt-fishing season on
the Cowlitz River until they can
better gauge the size of this year's
run.

In a joint meeting Tuesday with their
Oregon counterparts, they also
postponed setting an end date for
sturgeon fishing in the Bonneville
Pool because anglers took just 16 of
the 325-fish catch guideline in
January.

"In both cases, we just don't have
enough data to make an informed
decision," said Ron Roler, a Columbia
River fishing manager for the
Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW). "We're going to keep
a sharp eye on the indicators in the
weeks ahead."

Last year, recreational smelt dipping
in the Cowlitz River was limited to
one six-hour period, during which
16,700 dippers took approximately
141,000 pounds of the species, also
known as eulachon. Smelt were listed
under the federal Endangered Species
Act in 2010, but a small fishery is
allowed to help monitor the size of
the return.

To help assess smelt returns, the two
states today approved a series of
eight commercial fishing periods in
February. If the daily catch reaches
150 pounds, WDFW will consider open a
short sport fishery.

"We know there's a lot of interest in
this fishery, but we have to make
sure the run can support it," Roler
said.

Unlike smelt fishing, the retention
fishery for white sturgeon is already
under way on the Columbia River
upriver from Bonneville Dam to McNary
Dam. After a month of fishing, catch
levels in Bonneville, The Dalles and
John Day pools ranged from 5-14
percent of allowable catch levels.

Fishery managers will continue to
track catch levels and revisit those
fisheries in mid-February to early
March, Roler said.

On Feb. 23, they also expect to set
seasons for the spring chinook salmon
fishery. The salmon season is
currently open through March 31, when
the bulk of the run begins to arrive.

"We fully expect to announce new
seasons for spring chinook well
before the fish arrive in earnest,"
Roler said.

Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate

Noel E Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Lewis Hatchery - 11:34 p.m. 1/27/2017
Are there any steelhead caught by cedar creek / lewis hatchery at the moment? Is the water level allowing to fish at that spot?

Andrew - Vancouver, wa
sundaysilver@yahoo.com

Marine Area 10 salmon season will close Jan. 23 Action: Closes Marine Area 10 (Seattle/Bremerton) to salmon fishing. Effective Date: Jan. 23, 2017 through Feb. 28, 2017. Species affected: Salmon. Location: Marine Area 10 within Puget Sound, excluding year-round piers. Reason for action: Before the salmon fishing season started, WDFW and tribal co-managers agreed to a limited number (2,597) of chinook encounters - retaining or releasing fish - anglers are allowed in Marine Area 10. Preliminary estimates indicate that anglers have retained or released 2,390 chinook and are expected to reach the limit for chinook encounters by Jan. 23. The fishery is being closed to control impacts on stocks of concern and ensure compliance with conservation objectives. Other information: Year-round fishing piers are unaffected by this rule change and specific regulations can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Year-round fishing pier impacts on chinook are expected to be minimal. Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808. 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. Persons with - 12:58 p.m. 1/20/2017
Marine Area 10 salmon season will
close Jan. 23

Action: Closes Marine Area 10
(Seattle/Bremerton) to salmon
fishing.

Effective Date: Jan. 23, 2017
through Feb. 28, 2017.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Marine Area 10 within
Puget Sound, excluding year-round
piers.

Reason for action: Before the salmon
fishing season started, WDFW and
tribal co-managers agreed to a
limited number (2,597) of chinook
encounters - retaining or releasing
fish - anglers are allowed in Marine
Area 10. Preliminary estimates
indicate that anglers have retained
or released 2,390 chinook and are
expected to reach the limit for
chinook encounters by Jan. 23. The
fishery is being closed to control
impacts on stocks of concern and
ensure compliance with conservation
objectives.

Other information: Year-round fishing
piers are unaffected by this rule
change and specific regulations can
be found in the Washington Sport
Fishing Rules pamphlet. Year-round
fishing pier impacts on chinook are
expected to be minimal.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop,
(360) 902-2808.

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.
Persons with

Noel Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

WDFW approves razor clam dig starting Jan. 27 OLYMPIA Razor clam diggers can look forward to a five-day opening beginning Jan. 27 at Copalis beach, overlapping with three days of digging at Mocrocks. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at those two beaches after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on the beaches are safe to eat. Diggers should be aware that only Copalis beach is open the first two days of the dig, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides: Jan. 27, Friday, 6:26 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis Jan. 28, Saturday, 7:01 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis Jan. 29, Sunday, 7:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 30, Monday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 31, Tuesday, 8:50 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors remain closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. However, Ayres noted that domoic acid levels continue to drop at both beaches. "We remain hopeful that we will be able to open both beaches sometime this spring," Ayres said. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. WDFW will continue to monitor toxin levels at all ocean beaches. A list of razor clam digs tentatively scheduled through February can be found on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. - 12:56 p.m. 1/20/2017
WDFW approves razor clam dig starting
Jan. 27

OLYMPIA Razor clam diggers can look
forward to a five-day opening
beginning Jan. 27 at Copalis beach,
overlapping with three days of
digging at Mocrocks.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening
on evening tides at those two beaches
after marine toxin tests confirmed
the clams on the beaches are safe to
eat.

Diggers should be aware that only
Copalis beach is open the first two
days of the dig, said Dan Ayres,
coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

The upcoming dig is approved on the
following beaches, dates and evening
low tides:

Jan. 27, Friday, 6:26 p.m.; -0.5
feet; Copalis
Jan. 28, Saturday, 7:01 p.m.; -0.6
feet; Copalis
Jan. 29, Sunday, 7:37 p.m.; -0.5
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 30, Monday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.3
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 31, Tuesday, 8:50 p.m.; 0.2
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Under state law, diggers at open
beaches can take 15 razor clams per
day and are required to keep the
first 15 they dig. Each digger's
clams must be kept in a separate
container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have
an applicable 2016-17 fishing license
to harvest razor clams on any beach.
Licenses, ranging from a three-day
razor clam license to an annual
combination fishing license, are
available on WDFW's website at
https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from
license vendors around the state.

Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors
remain closed to razor clam digging
due to elevated levels of domoic
acid. However, Ayres noted that
domoic acid levels continue to drop
at both beaches.

"We remain hopeful that we will be
able to open both beaches sometime
this spring," Ayres said.

A natural toxin produced by certain
types of algae, domoic acid can be
harmful or even fatal if consumed in
sufficient quantities. WDFW will
continue to monitor toxin levels at
all ocean beaches.

A list of razor clam digs tentatively
scheduled through February can be
found on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html.

Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or
email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For
more information, see
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.

Noel Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Razor clam dig starts Friday on 2 ocean beaches OLYMPIA State fishery managers have given the OK for the second razor clam dig this month, this one scheduled to begin Jan. 13 at two ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the three-day opening at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon. The long weekend should provide an excellent opportunity for diggers to visit the coast for clamming, Ayres said. However, he noted the razor clam opening does not include the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides: Jan. 13, Friday, 7:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 14, Saturday, 7:59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Jan. 15, Sunday, 8:40 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors are closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. WDFW will continue to monitor toxin levels at all ocean beaches. A list of razor clam digs tentatively scheduled through February can be found on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This - 9:15 a.m. 1/12/2017
Razor clam dig starts Friday on 2
ocean beaches

OLYMPIA State fishery managers have
given the OK for the second razor
clam dig this month, this one
scheduled to begin Jan. 13 at two
ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) approved the three-
day opening at Copalis and Mocrocks
after marine toxin tests confirmed
the clams on those beaches are safe
to eat.

The best digging typically occurs one
to two hours before low tide, said
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish
manager. Digging is not allowed on
any beach before noon.

The long weekend should provide an
excellent opportunity for diggers to
visit the coast for clamming, Ayres
said. However, he noted the razor
clam opening does not include the
Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on
Monday.

The upcoming dig is approved on the
following beaches, dates and evening
low tides:

Jan. 13, Friday, 7:17 p.m.; -1.4
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 14, Saturday, 7:59 p.m.; -1.0
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 15, Sunday, 8:40 p.m.; -0.4
feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
Under state law, diggers at open
beaches can take 15 razor clams per
day and are required to keep the
first 15 they dig. Each digger's
clams must be kept in a separate
container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have
an applicable 2016-17 fishing license
to harvest razor clams on any beach.
Licenses, ranging from a three-day
razor clam license to an annual
combination fishing license, are
available on WDFW's website at
https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from
license vendors around the state.

Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors are
closed to razor clam digging due to
elevated levels of domoic acid. A
natural toxin produced by certain
types of algae, domoic acid can be
harmful or even fatal if consumed in
sufficient quantities. WDFW will
continue to monitor toxin levels at
all ocean beaches.

A list of razor clam digs tentatively
scheduled through February can be
found on WDFW's website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html.

Persons with disabilities who need to
receive this information in an
alternative format or who need
reasonable accommodations to
participate in WDFW-sponsored public
meetings or other activities may
contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-
902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or
email (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For
more information, see
http://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reas
onable_request.html.


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Noel Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Chinook - 12:45 a.m. 1/9/2017
I believe there could still be some
nooks in the Lewis it has always got a
late run of kings. and one could catch
and keep but I'm not sure on the
keeping part.besides they will
Probrably be good for nothing but
fertilizer .good luck

Bria n - Vancouver wa
gonefishin.bg@gmail.com

Chinook in the NF - 6:44 p.m. 1/4/2017
I landed a chinook last week, which was pretty
bright, but not chrome. I released it though.

Koka
redrdr250@yahoo.com

Steelhead license plate available for purchase OLYMPIA Steelhead enthusiasts can now show support for their favorite species by purchasing a vehicle license plate with an image of Washington's iconic state fish. The steelhead specialty plate went on sale today and revenue generated from plate sales will be used by the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to help support activities critical to conserving populations of native steelhead. More than 4,000 people expressed interest in buying a steelhead license plate last year when WDFW collected the signatures required to seek legislative approval to offer a new specialty plate. The 2016 Legislature gave the OK to proceed with steelhead license plate sales. "We can't wait to see steelhead license plates on vehicles across this state," said Kelly Cunningham, deputy assistant director of WDFW's Fish Program. "This is a great way to help fund efforts to conserve steelhead in Washington." In much of Washington, wild steelhead are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. WDFW is currently taking several actions to restore those populations to sustainable levels, including measures that guide fisheries management, hatchery operations, monitoring and habitat-restoration programs. The initial price of special wildlife-themed background plates ranges from $54 to $72 depending on the vehicle, in addition to the regular license fees. More information on how to purchase a steelhead license plate is available on the Washington Department of Licensing website at http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/specialdesign.html A high resolution image of the steelhead license plate can be found http://wdfw.wa.gov/license_plates/wildlife.html - 9:23 a.m. 1/4/2017
Steelhead license plate available for
purchase

OLYMPIA Steelhead enthusiasts can
now show support for their favorite
species by purchasing a vehicle
license plate with an image of
Washington's iconic state fish.

The steelhead specialty plate went on
sale today and revenue generated from
plate sales will be used by the
Washington Department Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) to help support
activities critical to conserving
populations of native steelhead.

More than 4,000 people expressed
interest in buying a steelhead
license plate last year when WDFW
collected the signatures required to
seek legislative approval to offer a
new specialty plate. The 2016
Legislature gave the OK to proceed
with steelhead license plate sales.

"We can't wait to see steelhead
license plates on vehicles across
this state," said Kelly Cunningham,
deputy assistant director of WDFW's
Fish Program. "This is a great way to
help fund efforts to conserve
steelhead in Washington."

In much of Washington, wild steelhead
are listed for protection under the
federal Endangered Species Act. WDFW
is currently taking several actions
to restore those populations to
sustainable levels, including
measures that guide fisheries
management, hatchery operations,
monitoring and habitat-restoration
programs.

The initial price of special
wildlife-themed background plates
ranges from $54 to $72 depending on
the vehicle, in addition to the
regular license fees. More
information on how to purchase a
steelhead license plate is available
on the Washington Department of
Licensing website at
http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistra
tion/specialdesign.html

A high resolution image of the
steelhead license plate can be found
http://wdfw.wa.gov/license_plates/wil
dlife.html


Noel E Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

Razor clam dig at Kalaloch approved for Jan. 8-9 OLYMPIA Clam diggers have a green light to proceed with a razor clam dig Jan. 8 and 9 at Kalaloch beach. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams at Kalaloch are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on any open beach before noon. Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW, noted this is the first razor clam opening at Kalaloch since 2012. Located inside Olympic National Park, the beach hasn't been open the last few years for razor clam digging due a low abundance of clams. "Diggers can expect to see smaller clams at Kalaloch as compared to other beaches, but we expect most folks will be pleased to have a chance to dig there," Ayres said. "We're looking forward to announcing additional digs at Kalaloch in the coming months." The upcoming dig at Kalaloch is approved on the following dates and low tides: Jan. 8, 2017, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Kalaloch Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Kalaloch Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum noted that diggers should be prepared for Kalaloch's remote location. "Kalaloch is considerably more isolated than the other clamming beaches, and visitors should be prepared for primitive conditions," she said. "This year's digs are scheduled for daylight hours, but people should still be prepared with flashlights or lanterns for any evening or twilight walks." Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. More information about razor clamming, as well as a list of proposed digs, can be found on WDFW's website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html - 9:22 a.m. 1/4/2017
Razor clam dig at Kalaloch approved
for Jan. 8-9

OLYMPIA Clam diggers have a green
light to proceed with a razor clam
dig Jan. 8 and 9 at Kalaloch beach.

The Washington Department of Fish and
Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on
evening tides after marine toxin
tests showed the clams at Kalaloch
are safe to eat. Digging is not
allowed on any open beach before
noon.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager
for WDFW, noted this is the first
razor clam opening at Kalaloch since
2012. Located inside Olympic National
Park, the beach hasn't been open the
last few years for razor clam digging
due a low abundance of clams.

"Diggers can expect to see smaller
clams at Kalaloch as compared to
other beaches, but we expect most
folks will be pleased to have a
chance to dig there," Ayres said.
"We're looking forward to announcing
additional digs at Kalaloch in the
coming months."

The upcoming dig at Kalaloch is
approved on the following dates and
low tides:

Jan. 8, 2017, Sunday, 3:11 p.m.; 0.4
feet; Kalaloch
Jan. 9, Monday, 4:08 p.m.; -0.4 feet;
Kalaloch
Olympic National Park Superintendent
Sarah Creachbaum noted that diggers
should be prepared for Kalaloch's
remote location.

"Kalaloch is considerably more
isolated than the other clamming
beaches, and visitors should be
prepared for primitive conditions,"
she said. "This year's digs are
scheduled for daylight hours, but
people should still be prepared with
flashlights or lanterns for any
evening or twilight walks."

Under state law, diggers at open
beaches can take 15 razor clams per
day and are required to keep the
first 15 they dig. Each digger's
clams must be kept in a separate
container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have
an applicable 2016-17 fishing license
to harvest razor clams on any beach.
Licenses, ranging from a three-day
razor clam license to an annual
combination fishing license, are
available on WDFW's website at
https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from
license vendors around the state.

More information about razor
clamming, as well as a list of
proposed digs, can be found on WDFW's
website at
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/
razorclams/current.html


Noel Johnson - Woodland
Noel@lewisriver.com
www.lewisriver.com

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