Dan Ayres, the state’s coastal shellfish management, said he hopes to announce later this week the dates for the first razor clam digs of the season.
Ayres said he is still wading through the multitude of e-mails sent to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife as people comment on the upcoming season. The state opted to save money and not hold the meetings it traditionally held to explain the season’s forecast and possible dig schedule.
He said they had tentative dates, but wanted to go through the e-mails before he made his final recommendation to the department’s leadership.
In discussing the e-mail, Ayres said he was surprised by the volume of comments being sent in.
A disadvantage of this method, he said, is that people don’t get to hear other people’s thoughts and comments.
The plan is to announce the tentative dates for digs in October, November and December. The department will then do a population assessment before announcing further digs, Ayres said.
The digs are only tentative, remember, until state Health Department tests show clams are safe to eat. A dig on Long Beach last year was cancelled because toxin levels exceeded safety limits.
We’ll post the dates once they are released.