Clatsop County beaches will close to razor clamming Saturday to protect young clams.
The seasonal closure occurs each year along the 18 miles of beach north of Tillamook Head to the Columbia River. The closure allows young clams to establish themselves on the beach during the summer.
“We want to ensure that the Clatsop beaches continue to be productive for razor clam harvesters,” said Matt Hunter, shellfish and phytoplankton project leader with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “By not disturbing the young razor clams it increases the chance of good recruitment.”
The state will assess razor clam stocks during the closure to determine the health of the population.
Digging remains open at other Oregon beaches, though there have been several closures — from Cape Perptua to the Umpqua River’s south jetty and from Cape Arago south to the California border — because of high marine toxin levels.
Clatsop beaches are the most productive razor clam beaches in the state and account for more than 90 percent of total harvest.