Clamming on Alsea Bay

Two people were spotted recently doing some recreational clamming as the tide receded in Alsea Bay. Hard shelled clams, or cockles, are harvested with a rake rather than a shovel or a clam gun. “Good cockle beds will often have cockles right on top of the sand on a good tide,” Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife writes on its website at, where a page on the cockle clam provides complete information. ODFW advises that a recreational shellfish license is required for recreational crabbing and clamming.


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