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State to monitor razor clams for PSP

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 30, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
October 30, 2008 2:11 pm

A state official said razor clams will be tested for Paralytic

Shellfish Poisoning toxins prior to a dig scheduled for later this month. This follows yesterday’s announcement that beaches at Olympic National Park will be closed to shellfish harvest because of high levels of PSP.

"We will certainly be testing razor clams for both domoic acid and PSP," said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"Razor clams don’t seem to accumulate PSP as much as they do domoic acid. However, there have been razor clam closures due to PSP," Ayres said.

The last razor clams closure due to PSP was at Twin Harbors and Long Beach in 1992, he said.

The next scheduled razor clam did is scheduled to take place Nov. 13-16 at Copalis and Mocrocks, as well as Nov. 14-16 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

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