The first regulations restricting clamming in Oregon were put into effect in 1948. Initial rules barred clamming from January 1 through June 30; clammers objected that this was too restrictive and lobbied for more time to take shellfish. This 1949 document examines the fat gaper or horseclam, to see when its condition was at its best in Oregon, in order to determine the best times for open clamming seasons. The authors concluded that they needed more information about the winter months before they could contemplate a change. This document gives a good example of earlier natural resource management and decision-making. Includes charts and hand-drawn illustrations of clams.
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