Dig schedule for remainder of 2013 includes New Year’s Eve

Staff reportNovember 2, 2013 

People who dig razor clams will need to rely on moonlight or their own lights while taking part in digs through December.

DEAN KOEPFLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

People who like to dig for razor clams on the state’s ocean beaches can plan their forays for the rest of 2013. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced digs that extend through New Year’s Eve.

A dig is currently taking place this week, with another dig planned to begin Nov. 15. Then there will be three digs in December, as long as marine toxin tests show that clams are safe to eat.

“Although these digs are still tentative, tide levels look good,” Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said in a news release. “That’s especially true for the eight-day dig beginning Nov. 30, and for the New Year’s Eve dig.”

Holiday digs are always popular, Ayres said. In past years, as many as 20,000 people have descended on ocean beaches to dig razor clams on New Year’s Eve.

“Razor clam digging on New Year’s Eve has become a tradition for many Washingtonians,” said Ayres. “The tides aren’t conducive to a holiday dig every year, but they’re with us in 2013.”

Ayres also is cautioning diggers to make sure the beach they are planning to dig at is open. Large red signs are placed on the beach approach roads on beaches not open for a particular dig.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on the department’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

The beaches at Kalaloch remain closed because of low clam populations.

The razor clam season typically runs through early spring.

UPCOMING DIG SCHEDULE

Here are the dig dates and low-tide times for this week’s approved dig, and tentative dates for the other planned digs:

Sunday: 6:16 p.m., -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks.

Monday: 6:59 p.m., -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks.

Tuesday: 7:45 p.m., -1.3 feet; Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

Wednesday: 8:33 p.m., -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors.

Thursday: 9:24 p.m., -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors.

Friday: 10:19 p.m., -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors.

Nov. 15: 5:01 p.m., -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks.

Nov. 16: 5:42 p.m., -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks.

Nov. 17: 6:20 p.m., -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks.

Nov. 18: 6:57 p.m., -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors.

Nov. 19: 7:33 p.m., -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors.

Nov. 20: 8:09 p.m., -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors.

Nov. 30: 4:28 p.m., -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks.

Dec. 1: 5:13 p.m., -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

Dec. 2: 5:59 p.m., -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

Dec. 3: 6:44 p.m., -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

Dec. 4: 7:30 p.m., -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors.

Dec. 5: 8:17 p.m., -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors.

Dec. 6: 9:05 p.m., -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors.

Dec. 7: 9:56 p.m., -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors.

Dec. 14: 4:45 p.m., -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks.

Dec. 15: 5:26 p.m., -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbor, and Mocrocks.

Dec. 16: 6:03 p.m., -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks.

Dec. 17: 6:38 p.m., -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors.

Dec. 18: 7:12 p.m., -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors.

Dec. 29: 4:05 p.m., -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks.

Dec. 30: 4:55 p.m., -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks.

Dec. 31: 5:42 p.m., -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks.

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