Beachgoers have week to dig for razor clams

Staff reportApril 27, 2014 

The razor clam season will continue after state shellfish managers set dates for a weeklong dig to start Sunday.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the dig after updated harvest estimates showed a sufficient number of clams to support the additional openings.

“This has been a great year for razor clams,” Dan Ayres, shellfish manager, said in the news release. “Clams this year have been bigger than average and abundant enough to add another series of digs.”

Final approval will be announced after marine-toxin test results confirm the clams are safe to eat.

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

Sunday, April 27: 5:53 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Monday: 6:39 a.m., -0.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Tuesday: 7:22 a.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Wednesday: 8:03 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Thursday: 8:43 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.

Friday: 9:23 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

Saturday: 10:04 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

May 4: 10:47 a.m., 0.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.

If the dig is approved, no digging would be allowed after noon.

Ayres said shellfish managers will analyze harvest data after the upcoming dig is completed. If enough clams remain for more digs, the best tides for another dig are around the weekend of May 17, he said.

Diggers can keep only 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. Diggers are reminded that they may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, except for those who possess designated harvester cards.

Diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses are available at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. For other digging information, visit wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams.

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