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There does not appear to be a well defined clam band on this beach as are found on most of the other beaches, but there are a few patches of gravel and cobbles which support horse clams, butter clams, littleneck clams, bent nose and Macoma irus (inconspicuous macomas). Sand macomas can be found on some of the sand flats. Both numerically and by biomass, the most productive area was the ridge at the north end. Eighteen holes total were dug at three locations, but only thirteen contained one or more clams. One hundred and eighty-two (182) clams, weighing 560 grams, were collected. The average weight per clam of 3.1 grams and the square foot estimate of 463.1 grams were both the third lowest for a beach. The population density of 14 clams per square foot was in the mid-range.
Littleneck and butter clams dominated the clam population, both by number and by weight. Numerically, the littlenecks and butter clams comprised 30% and 39% of the total population, respectively. Their portions of the biomass were 53% for littlenecks and 31% for butter clams. Littlenecks, cockles and macomas were about half the size of the average for all beaches and the butter clams were about one tenth the average.
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No manila clams were collected. Only five of 51 littlenecks, or 10%, were of legal size for recreational harvesters and only two of 70, or 3%, of the butter clams were legal. In both cases, those percentages were the fourth lowest of the beaches surveyed. Horse clams can be found in the few patches of sand and gravel but they are so scattered that they escaped collection.
There was no formal algae survey conducted but it was observed that larger species of Desmerestia, Costaria and Sargassum were present where cobbles and boulders were present in the subtidal area. Sea lettuce was attached to most of the rocks on the ridge to the north.
Various shorebirds and gulls were sited, including the following species: western gull, Bonaparte's gull, herring gull, western grebe, Arctic tern and great blue heron.
On all sample dates and days on which mapping activities were conducted, harvesters were observed if the low tide level was 0 foot or lower. The ridge at the north end is riddled with craters from the clam digging. Questionable harvesting practices were observed. Volunteers and staff helped a large group cull and release the undersized crabs they had collected. They helped another group correctly identity the horse clams that they thought were geoducks.
There are quite a few craters here left by clam diggers. Beachcombers and clam diggers were observed on nearly every low tide event for which we were present. Even without the harvesting pressure, the entire beach would not be very productive because of the substrate, although the three gravelly patches would support more biomass.