Dan L. Ayres Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Dan Ayres is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist who leads the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) coastal shellfish unit based in Montesano and Willapa Bay. He manages Washington's very popular razor clam recreational fishery and oversees the unit's work managing the coastal Dungeness crab, pink shrimp and spot prawn commercial fisheries, the Willapa Bay oyster reserves and research projects in Willapa Bay. He works closely with other state and federal agencies on a variety of issues including harmful algal blooms (HAB). Dan has represented WDFW in oral testimony on this topic before the Washington State Legislature and the U.S. Congress. He recently completed his second term on the National Harmful Algal Bloom Committee. Dan has also participated in a variety of grant peer review panels for both state and federal agencies. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and began his career with WDFW in 1980.

Dan was born and raised on the Washington coast and was first introduced to razor clam digging by his parents at a very young age. Dan first met his wife Gail when she was an Aberdeen Daily World reporter assigned to do a story on the razor clam fishery. They live in Montesano with their two daughters aged 13 and 15.