Saltwater Razor clam digging on the long Beach Peninsula - big delay

Soulakala

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WDFW is once again saying the Dominic Acid level is way too high to consider opening in the near future. Boy we should have one hell of a clam dig when they do open if ever.
 
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Have the tribes been clamming? I also have read that the earlier coastal crab closure was a result of many recreational crabbers cooking their crab without cleaning them, thus, exposing themselves to the toxin. Apparently, if you cleaned your crab before cooking, you could avoid the toxin. Does this sound right??
 
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    Yes
    With crab all you have to do is clean them before cooking.
    Yet most of the coast is still closed to us while commercial is fishing in full force as well as selling whole live crab off the dock in Westport as well as shipping live crab overseas.
    I also wonder if tribal clamming is going on
    I suspect it is, as the only area that currently tests ok is the willipa spits
     

    Soulakala

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    Just rethink your fishing license as just a donation to WDFW and all is well. And to thank us for that donation they will surprise us with some one day harvest opportunity during bad weather or ripping tides. Remember to check your email just before midnight each night those harvest opportunities will be posted just minutes prior to the one day opener.
     
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    Just rethink your fishing license as just a donation to WDFW and all is well. And to thank us for that donation they will surprise us with some one day harvest opportunity during bad weather or ripping tides. Remember to check your email just before midnight each night those harvest opportunities will be posted just minutes prior to the one day opener.
    I think I got 6 or 8 emails yesterday from wdwf canceling or closing early different ” opportunities”
     
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    I also wonder if tribal clamming is going on
    I suspect it is, as the only area that currently tests ok is the willipa spits
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    The spits are under the control of WDFG and not the tribes, and are presently closed. The latest tests I can find are from July 2020. I rather doubt the tribes are digging for human consumption, perhaps for crab bait but I am not sure on that.
     
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    liltrouble

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    Demoic acid doesnt apply to tribes (sic). Available at QFC. I askednthe guy about the safety of them with demoic acid on the coast. they were packed on 2/22/21.

    Meat manager said health department wouldn't let them sell them if they were bad. I asked him "which nation"?

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    Demoic acid doesnt apply to tribes (sic). Available at QFC. I askednthe guy about the safety of them with demoic acid on the coast. they were packed on 2/22/21.

    Meat manager said health department wouldn't let them sell them if they were bad. I asked him "which nation"?

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    The lies and the screwing continue! WDFW should be ashamed of themselves!
    commercial and tribal clamming and crabbing open, meanwhile we are shut Out indefinitely. I don’t know if they ever plan to open again. 50 50 at it’s very best.
     
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    liltrouble

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    Talked to Dan Ayres late last week. It isn't on WDFW. The directives are down from the governor's office on no clamming until all beaches are open. They don't want people all going to one beach.

    Jefferson, Clallam, Grays and Pacific county health departments all said they would close the beach entrances if WDFW opened for clamming, that is is the demoic acid levels are low enough. You can go get some clams and take them to the toxin testing lab in Portland.

    Costco is only buying Dungeness crabs that are cleaned before they are cooked. Hot Ocean crabs are being transported in to the straits for a 10 day detox.
     
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    Soulakala

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    The lies and the screwing continue! WDFW should be ashamed of themselves!
    commercial and tribal clamming and crabbing open, meanwhile we are shut Out indefinitely. I don’t know if they ever plan to open again. 50 50 at it’s very best.
     
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    Soulakala

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    I would assume the meat manager had not a clue to the real answer and just gave you what he thought was a common sense answer. I am assuming the tribes don't bother to sample and test for DA, they just harvest and sell. They are you remember a sovereign nation with their own rules to some extent. I'm on the band wagon to say if they want to be a sovereign nation that's great but you just lost your right to vote.
     
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    I'd be interested in seeing a bunch of bd'ers go down to mocrocks (Roosevelt beach) and just start digging on the next low tide and just see what the wdfw enforcement would do. Better watch it they might call it an armed insurrection because we have clam guns!!!
     
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    I predict a dig within a month,
    maybe within two weeks.
    Of course I could be wrong!
     
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    Hunter Dan

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    Latest I ever remember a dig was early to mid May. Doubled up the weekend with a Westport halibut charter, which was super cool. The clams had started to spawn a bit though. A tad milky and the fat in the diggers was going a bit soft and dark. I betcha the warm weather this week could trigger an early spawn . Back in the days before my advent my moms family would dig razors whenever Big Papa got leave. One summer the clams were so milky and soft with spawn that mom went almost thirty years refusing to eat them anymore. Totally turned her off of them. It wasn't until I brought home some November razors that she got back into them.
    So, if they don't open a dig soon I will probably pass until after elk season.
     
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    Highly doubtful to get a dig in the next month. Even if levels drop I got ten to one odds health departments aren't begging wdfw to keep it closed cause of the china flu.
     
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    Soulakala

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    I think maybe I should change my heritage to native american of a tribe that has roots in Mexico. And claim I'm a tribal member immigrant from Mexico which should qualify for government assistance and tribal fishing and hunting rights.
     
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