Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2001

Shellfish permit required for clam digging

Clamming tides begin Saturday. All participants must have a 2001 Alaska sport fishing license to dig razor clams and a 2001 shellfish permit to dig littleneck or butter clams in Kachemak Bay. The date, location and amount of clams dug must be written on the permit before leaving the area. Shellfish permits are free and are available at local Department of Fish and Game offices and other vendors throughout Southcentral Alaska.

The fine for digging without a permit is $100.

The daily bag and possession limit for littleneck clams is 1,000. The minimum sized littleneck clam that may be harvested is 1 1/2 inches across the widest part of the shell. The butter clam bag and possession limit is 700 clams 2 1/2 inches or greater across the widest part of the shell. Clams that are dug but not kept should be reburied with the neck pointing upward in the beach because they cannot easily rebury themselves and will likely be swept away by the returning tides or eaten by predators.

Permits are intended to provide the Department of Fish and Game with an estimate of yearly recreational harvest of littleneck and butter clams as well as an indication of where within Kachemak Bay that harvest is taken.

Photographer to present slide show

John Toppenberg of Reflections Alaska Photography will present a slide show of his most recent wildlife photography with an emphasis on loons at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Kenai River Center at Mile 1.5 Funny River Road. A $5 donation is suggested and all proceeds will go to the Kenai Watershed Forum. For more information, call 260-5449.

Young Hunters Award nominees sought

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International is seeking nominations for Young Hunters Awards to be announced at the Midnight Sun Dinner and Sportsman Fund-Raiser Auction set for Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Young hunters age 16 and under who hunted big or small game or fowl successfully in 2000 are encouraged to submit an application and photo.

For more information and an application, call Billie Hardy at 262-9881 or Lloyd Richardson at 283-9565.

Grants available for trails

Applications are available thorough the Alaska State Parks for the 2001 Snowmobile Trails Grants Program. Grants are available for trail acquisition, trail development and maintenance and safety and education programs.

Applications can be obtained by contacting the Department of Natural Resources Public information Center at 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1260, Anchorage, AK 99501 or by calling (907) 269-8400 or (907) 269-8699. The deadline for applications is June 30. The grant winners will be announced in September.

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