Illegal clamming causing problems at Pismo Beach

Illegal clamming causing problems at Pismo Beach

For the first time in over 20 years, clams are almost large enough to legally take at Pismo Beach.

However, there is one problem. According to Capt. Todd Tognazzini with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, people from the Central Valley are making up a large number of tourist getting cited for illegal clamming. In fact, Capt. Tognazzini says, 90% of the citations given out are going to people from Bakersfield to Fresno, and from a wide variety of towns in between.

The issue is people are not only clamming but they are taking the little clams too. The minimum size limit is 4.5 inches and a person can only take 10 total with a license.

Capt. Tognazzini says if people would leave them alone, legal clamming could be back in 2019.

Just this year, the Department of Fish and Wildlife have issued more than 130 citations and seized more than 3,000.

In 2017, officers wrote 102 citations and seized 3,315 clams. In 2016 only 2 citations were written.

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