Low Numbers Changing Limits for Razor Clams

Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the bag and possession limits for razor clams taken on the east side of Cook Inlet has been reduced from 60 to 25 clams, saying that the abundance of exploitable razor clams decreased drastically over the last two-years.

ADFG officials say the assessment of razor clam abundance on the Ninilchik Beach has shown a substantial decline in abundance of exploitable clams. Abundance of exploitable razor clams decreased from approximately 1.5 million clams in 2011 to about 79,000 clams in 2013. The 2013 abundance is the lowest on record for the Ninilchik Beach based on periodic surveys of razor clams conducted since 1990.

Department officials say the cause for the decline is unclear.

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