Cook Inlet clam protections overdue

Thank goodness! Fish and Game finally have done something to protect the east side clams.

I have clammed on the east side since 1974, over the years I noticed the clams getting smaller and less plentiful.

The last time I went clamming was in 2003, there were five of us in the party, after 3 hours we had 26 baby clams between us. We then decided not to clam anymore, hoping the ones we did not get would have a chance to grow up.

I think the total closure of the east side should last at least five years, it is my understanding it takes that long for a razor clam to mature.

It is obviously not an environmental problem, since the clams on the west side are thriving. Let’s hope the clams on the east side are given a chance to thrive again.