With one more razor clam dig scheduled for the end of 2013, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has set tentative dates for digs through February. The announcement includes a five-day extension of a dig that is set to start Dec. 29.
Under the plan released Wednesday, various ocean beaches will be open 13 days in January and five days in February if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.
The department announces the final decision on digs about a week before they are scheduled to begin.
“We’re announcing these dates now so people can start making plans for the new year,” Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said in a news release. “We’ve had a terrific season so far, and expect plenty of great digging in the months ahead.”
As has been the case since the season opened in the fall, all digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.
Under state law, diggers can keep 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.