Clam Limits Double on Oregon Coast for One Species
(Newport, Oregon) – 2013 brings some new laws about snagging tasty treats off the beaches. There is great news for avid clam diggers on the Oregon coast: you can now take twice as many of the purple varnish clams as before.
Another new rule regarding shellfish: divers must report their rock scallop harvest.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has increased the daily catch limit for purple varnish clams from 36 per day to 72 per day this year. The purple varnish clam is also known throughout the Pacific Northwest as the purple mahogany clam, the dark mahogany clam, the varnish clam, and the savory clam.
The commission added these new rules based on a series of public proposals.
The purple varnish clam is not a native species from Oregon but rather comes from Asia, introduced into British Columbia and Puget Sound in the early 1990s via ships’ ballast water. Populations of purple varnish clams are well established in several Oregon bays and estuaries including Sand Lake, Siletz Bay, Alsea Bay, Siuslaw River estuary and Coos Bay.
Clam diggers in Oregon must possess a valid Oregon shellfish license ($7 for Oregon residents; $20.50 for non-residents).
Shellfish can be contaminated by natural events such as harmful algal blooms or man-made events such as sewage spills. Always check the Oregon Department of Agriculture Shellfish Safety Hotline (503-986-4728 / 1-800-448-2474) or web-site (http://oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/pages/shellfish_status.aspx) for the most recent public health advisories and closures.
Purple varnish clams, courtesy ODFW
The new rock scallops rules mean divers who harvest rock scallops will be required to report their catch to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife using a free harvest card. Since 1996, ODFW has required all recreational abalone harvesters to complete an annual harvest card. This same card now includes space for rock scallop harvesters to report their catch.
ODFW biologists will use this reporting of abalone and rock scallop harvesting to improve management of the species. ODFW called the information “important” to that task.
Divers can get abalone/scallop permits by contacting ODFW Marine Resources Program in Newport 541-867-4741, Charleston 541-888-5515 or Astoria 503-325-2462. For more information visit: (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/shellfish/other/rock_scallops.asp).
More about the Oregon coast below, including lodging and various images:
Near Depoe Bay - see the virtual tour for more
Netarts and Oceanside - see the virtual tour for more
Near Florence - see the virtual tour for more
More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....
More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....
LATEST OREGON COAST WHALE STORIES
Oregon Coast Whales - Guide to Whale Watching; Whale News, Blog
Oregon Coast Whales - Guide to Whale Watching. Gray whales, killer whales minke whales, orcas and more. Whale news and sightings from Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats and Florence. Oregon Coast Whale Blog.
Video: On and Off Run of Humpbacks Has North Oregon Coast in Awe
Humpback whales have been spotted in heavy numbers for the last month or two around the north coast. Kids, science, Seaside Aquarium, Astoria
Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals - A Massive List
Find dozens of beach rentals in Gearhart, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats, Florence
N Oregon Coast's Manzanita, Wheeler, Nehalem and Rockaway Beach Offer Lodging...
Fall brings more specials to the area. Keep checking here as these are updated
Latest Lodging Specials, Deals from Cannon Beach, N. Oregon Coast
Who's offering a free night? Discounts? Lower prices and deals in Oct, Nov
Staying in Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar or Oceanside? Lodging Deals Emerge
Specials and discounts along the Three Capes Route, N. Oregon Coast
Lincoln City Lodgings, Central Oregon Coast: Latest Deals, Specials
Keep checking this page for excellent deals on places to stay in Lincoln City hotels, motels, vacation rentals
Lincoln City Oregon Coast Lodging Updates
Now with news updates for Lincoln City lodgings, attractions, beaches
Complete List of Lodgings, Motels, Hotels and Vacation Rentals in Manzanita, ...
Places to stay in Wheeler, Manzanita, Nehalem, Rockaway Beach - and nearby. On the ocean, pets, kitchens, groups
Oregon Coast Lodging Renovation News and Eclipse Openings, Alerts
Seaside lodging, Cannon Beach lodging, Manzanita lodging, Pacific City lodging, Lincoln City lodging, Depoe Bay lodging, Newport lodging, Yachats lodging
Cape Kiwanda, Oregon Coast: Complete Travel, Guide, Info
Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area full guide. Scenery, history, attractions, hiking, viewpoints, dune, geology. Pacific City, travel tips
Oregon Coast Summer, Events, Attractions, Science and Tourism Latest Summer News
Attractions - Events - Beaches - Stuff You Didn't Know. Discover Summer on the coast, including updated news and events
Yachats State Recreation Area - Yachats, Oregon Coast Virtual Tour
Up against the bay, at the mouth of the Yachats River, lies the paved parking lot and beach access of the Yachats State Recreation Area. Kids, travel tips
Where Are You Going to Next on the Oregon Coast?
Join the discussion and talk about your favorite beach on the Oregon coast. Where will you be heading to next?
Best Lodgings for Storm Watching on Oregon Coast
Winter, fall advice for Yachats, Newport, Lincoln City, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Oceanside, Pacific City, Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Wheeler, Depoe Bay
Back to Oregon Coast
Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted