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Sep 23, 2012

WA: Crowds dig for Razor Clams in order to eat them

The Pacific Razor Clam ( Siliqua patula)
According to this Wikipedia entry, "The Pacific razor clamSiliqua patula, is a species of large edible marine bivalve mollusc in the family Cultellidae."

Embedded here is a video of a Razor Clam burrowing in WA state
(the link is http://youtu.be/6Q-oQajLdJ8):

The following link is to a sad video showing many razor clams in Okoshiki Beach, Kumamoto, Japan being attacked by humans pouring salt on them, then they are taken :-(
http://youtu.be/3kyTA7QwNvk

Submit your comments to WA by October 9, 2012!

Here is a brief news article:
State develops razor clam season | Outdoors Washington | The Bellingham Herald

Here is the WA State web page that invites comments from the public by October 9, 2012: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html
Public Comments
Suggestions for the 2012-13 season — tentatively set to begin in mid-October — can be sent via email to razorclams@dfw.wa.gov or by postal mail to: RazorClams, 48 Devonshire Rd., Montesano, WA 98563. Comments regarding fall digging opportunities must be received by Oct. 9, 2012.
CROWD DIGGING (photo: WDFW)
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See at Google Scholar links to some scientific publications about Razor Clam ecology, and human impacts such as US Army Corps of Engineer dredging, aquaculture, neurotoxins, and more.


Shellfish poisoning from domoic acid is a concern for marine mammals, humans and others. Per Wikipedia entry for Domoic Acid, "The increasing frequency and geographic extent of toxic algal blooms along populated coastlines is generally attributed to human activities.[10]"


See more about Domoic Acid here:
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/domoic_acid.html




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