The next razor clam opening, a week-long series of evening digs, beginning New Year's Eve, has been green-lighted by state health department and shellfish managers.
For the first four days (Dec. 31 to Jan. 3) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis beach management sectors will be open. On day five Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will be available and for the final three days only Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open. Kalaloch Beach, on the Olympic National Park coastal strip, remains closed by the National Park Service.
Designated beaches are legally open to razor clam harvest only from noon to midnight each day.
In this series diggers will start in the daylight with the minus ebb slack occurring before or just after sunset the first two days, but by the third evening they'll be in the dark.
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Shellfish managers say the best time to prospect and unearth razors is one to two hours before each minus slack.
Annual (one year) type state licenses that include permission to gather for personal use razor clams remain valid into the new year.
Three more digging sequences have been tentatively penciled onto the winter 2015 calendar and will be given a final thumbs up about a week before each is supposed to start. The next, an eight-day set, is slated to begin Saturday, Jan. 17.