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Four beaches to open for razor clam dig

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm with No Comments »
January 27, 2010 9:03 pm

Twin Harbors beach will open for razor clam digging Thursday, followed by openings at Mocrocks, Copalis and Kalaloch after a new round of marine toxin tests showed the clams there are safe to eat.

Long Beach is closed to digging due to high levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning detected in the clams.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife delayed making a final decision on digs at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks after high PSP levels were found at Long Beach last week.

“We’re pleased that we can move forward with digs at these four beaches,” Dan Ayres, state coastal shellfish manager, said in a prepared statement. “The latest tests showed that the clams there remain safe to eat.”

The digs will proceed as follows:

Twin Harbors: today through Sunday

Copalis and Mocrocks: Friday through Sunday

Kalaloch: Saturday through Sunday

Ayres said toxin levels in clams dug last week at Long Beach violate health standards established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ruling out an opening at that beach.

Toxin levels at Long Beach were 82 micrograms/100 grams, and the health standard is 80.

PSP is a marine toxin produced by a certain type of algae (Alexandrium dinoflaellates) that can cause paralysis and even death if consumed in sufficient quantities.

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