End the great bivalve debate and make razors the state clam

The Pacific razor clam is one of the most sought-after shellfish in the state of Washington. It is not unusual to have as many as 1,000 clam diggers per mile during a nice spring weekend day. During one recent season, Washington’s recreational razor clam fishery saw more than 280,000 digger trips with diggers harvesting 4 million clams for the season.

Recreational digging for razor clams is truly a family sport. It can be enjoyed by children and senior citizens alike. All you need is a clam shovel or specialized tube, a container to put your clams in, and your clam license. Razor clams are truly a cultural and economic treasure, the people’s clam!

The cities of Ocean Shores and Long Beach, the Quinault Tribe, Razor Clam Society, and other groups have enthusiastically supported HB 1061. The Legislative Hearings and state House members confirmed the unanimous support for the razor clam as the “State Clam.”

Don’t be fooled by 11th-hour claims that the people’s voice has not been heard or is being ignored! Join me in calling for the Senate and Gov. Jay Inslee to enthusiastically support HB 1061!

Jim Franzel

Edmonds

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