The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting to discuss a citizen petition to expand the current July 15 to Sept. 30 closure on razor clamming in Clatsop County from 6 to 8 p.m. June 8 in the Duncan Law Seafood Consumer Center main meeting room, 2121 Marine Drive, Astoria,

The ODFW would like to gain public input on the petition and potential options, which will be presented to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on June 11 in Baker City.

The citizen petition was submitted to the commission in May because of concerns with razor clam wastage. The petition requests the closure begin before July 15 to allow small clams to grow larger. Some harvesters have been documented attempting to return a small or cracked razor clam to the sand in order to harvest a larger, intact clam. The current bag limit for razors is the first 15 clams taken, regardless of size or condition.

ODFW staff will present data and an analysis of a recent wastage survey from Clatsop County beaches before discussing options and taking public input. Informational handouts will be available.

For more information, contact Matthew Hunter, ODFW shellfish biologist, at 325-2462, or Patty Burke, ODFW marine resource manager, at (541) 867-3000, ext. 226.

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