LONG BEACH, Wash. - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is holding public meetings this month to seek public comments on 2003-04 razor clam seasons.

The Pacific County meeting will be Tuesday at the Super 8 Motel, 500 Ocean Beach Blvd. in Long Beach.

Unlike past years, however, the department is not able to announce tentative clam harvest dates prior to the meetings. That's because high domoic acid levels may continue to delay clam harvest seasons. Excessively high levels of domoic acid, which can cause illness or death in humans who consume shellfish from affected areas, led to cancellation of all razor clam harvests since October 2002.

Other meetings:

• Forks: Wednesday at the West End Sportsman's Club, 243 Sportsman's Drive. The Forks meeting is being held in conjunction with staff from the Olympic National Park.

• Ocean Shores: Sept. 17, at the Shilo Inn, 707 Ocean Shores Blvd. N.W.

• Westport: Sept. 18, at the Ocosta High School Library, 2580 Montesano St.

All meetings are scheduled to start at 7 p.m., except for Forks, where the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.

People who are unable to attend meetings can submit written comments to WDFW through Sept. 19.

Comments should be mailed to Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA 98501-1091 or sent via e-mail to (fishpgm@dfw.wa.gov) to the attention of Ayres.


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