The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is extending sport oyster fishing and clam seasons for a handful of Western Washington beaches, including Freeland County Park and West Penn Cove in the Coupeville area.
The changes are part of WDFW’s attempts to align oyster and clam seasons so they run during the same time of year. A press release added that clam populations will support longer seasons than those offered in 2016.
However, West Penn Cove will be closed for clam harvest from Jan. 1 until the season starts based on WDFW analysis of native clam populations and the projected harvest.
The new season for Freeland County Park opens Jan. 1 and is extended through May 15. The season for West Penn Cove open on June 1 and continue through Dec. 31.
All oyster and clam species are affected.