Razor clam digs are set at beaches

Staff reportApril 21, 2013 

The next razor clam dig will open Wednesday at Twin Harbors and will include digging at three other beaches during the course of seven days.

Two beaches – Long Beach and Mocrocks – will be open for four days and Copalis will be open for three days.

No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.

Here are the dates, along with morning low tides, at the four beaches that will be open:

Wednesday: 6:10 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors.

Thursday: 6:54 a.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors.

Friday: 7:38 a.m., -1.5 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis.

Saturday: 8:24 a.m., -1.7 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis.

April 28: 9:11 a.m., -1.7 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis.

April 29: 10:01 a.m., -1.5 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

April 30: 10:55 a.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses are available at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, by toll-free phone 866-320-9933 and from license dealers around the state.

Diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

During this dig, state resource managers are urging all beachgoers to avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches from April through August. The small white birds are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said snowy plovers – and their eggs – are extremely vulnerable at this time of year because the birds nest in the dry sand.

“We urge clam diggers to be careful when driving on the beach or walking through the dunes,” Ayres said in a news release. “Under state law, all vehicles are required to travel along the extreme upper limit of the hard sand. When in doubt, follow the path marked by multiple tire tracks.”

Ayres also asks that diggers avoid signed upland beach areas at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers.

At Long Beach, the closed areas are north of the Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point. At Twin Harbors, the closed areas are located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park.

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