The state Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced it will shorten the sport clam season at Dosewallips State Park.
The clam fishing season at the park will be open April 1- Aug. 15.
State shellfish officials said the recreational effort increased significantly in 2012, and the state clam share was overharvested, requiring the department to shorten the season by 3 ½ months in 2013. Oysters remain open year-round on this beach.
The park is located in Jefferson County near Brinnon.
It is a similar situation at nearby Port Whitney Tidelands.
There, the sport clam fishing season will be March 15-31.
Surveys indicate that the clam population on this beach has decreased, requiring the department to shorten the season by two weeks in 2013. Oyster season will remain open on this beach from through June 30.