A South Sound beach was hit hard by clam poachers in recent weeks, including one woman who allegedly stuffed three times the legal limts of clams into her coat pockets.
Game wardens detail three different instances of greedy shellfishers hitting Penrose Point State Park, on the south side of the Kitsap Peninsula.
According to an account posted on Facebook this morning, Fish and Wildlife Officer Jeff Summit and a student officer first observed a woman placing a “large bucket” worth of clams in the trunk, then heading back to the beach apparently for more.
They contacted her and found she’d allegedly collected “four extra limits” above the daily limit of 40 clams. She was also cited for avoiding field inspection.
During checks of the same area a few days afterwards, a woman and another individual were spotted putting clams into small bags then jamming them into pockets.
When a warden went to check on them, the woman “was very surprised to encounter an officer, and tried to do anything she could to get rid of her coat.”
Might have been easier if it wasn’t so loaded down with bivalves — she allegedly was concealing 125 clams in its pockets
All totaled, 170 clams had been taken the duo, according to WDFW.
Meanwhile, as officers were dealing with “Mrs. Coat Pockets,” two more parties on the beach saw the officers and began “scattering like quail.”
As you can imagine, they also had a few more clams than legal.
“A dumped bucket of nearly 300 hard-shells was recovered high up on the beach, with more over-limits discovered hidden in coat pockets,” WDFW reports.
Commenters on Facebook praised officers’ work and expressed puzzlement about how people could be so greedy.