Freeland County Park will be open for an extended shellfish harvesting season this spring March 1 – May 15.
Last spring, shellfish harvesting was allowed at Freeland County Park for the first time in several years. Beach Watcher volunteers – now working as Sound Waters Stewards – observed at low tide to count how many people were harvesting shellfish there. When reports were tallied and an inventory was conducted later in 2015, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife decided to extend the season.
With the projected sport effort coming in quite a bit lower in Freeland in 2015, authorities can actually offer longer than a six week season in 2016.