8-day clam dig set to open Tuesday

Staff reportMay 11, 2014 

Two more razor clam digs have been scheduled for this month, with the next one set to start Tuesday.

All the digs will take place during morning low tides, so no digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.

The upcoming digs includes dates at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, two popular locations for South Sound residents. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife was able to add days at Copalis because the Quniault Indian Nation provided clams from its share to the state share, said Phil Anderson, the department’s director.

Under state law, diggers can keep 15 razor clams per day and must keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

Clam diggers and other beachgoers are being asked to avoid disturbing Western snowy plovers, said Brock Hoenes, wildlife biologist. The small white birds, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches from April through August, are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.

Hoenes asked diggers to stay out of signed upland beach areas at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting Western snowy plovers. At Long Beach, the closed area is located north of Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point. At Twin Harbors, the closed area is located just south of Cranberry Beach Road and continues south for approximately 1.5 miles.

Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams. Fishing licenses are available online at https:// fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

UPCOMING DIGS

The next digs are set for:

  • Tuesday: 6:21 a.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors.
  • Wednesday: 7:02 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.
  • Thursday: 7:44 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.
  • Friday: 8:27 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis.
  • Saturday: 9:12 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.
  • May 18: 9:59 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.
  • May 19: 10:50 a.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors.
  • May 20: 11:44 a.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors.

The next dig will take place if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

  • May 27: 6:24 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.
  • May 28: 7:06 a.m., -1.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach.
  • May 29: 7:45 a.m., -1.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.
  • May 30: 8:23 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.
  • May 31: 9:00 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.
  • June 1: 9:37 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.

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