With razor clams available within its quota, the state has opted to offer additional days of digging in the Mocrocks area in May.
Shellfish managers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Tuesday they would add Mocrocks to the list of tentatively scheduled openings. The Mocrocks area stretches from the Copalis River north to Moclips.
Updated estimates for the clams already harvest at Mocrocks this season show the beach has sufficient clams to support additional digs, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.
Heading into the season, the state’s share of harvestable clams was 2.24 million razor clams. The state gets 50 percent of the harvestable clams, while the other half is available to the Quinault Indian Nation. Since digs began in October, there have been 797,000 clams harvested at Mocrocks.
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“We have reviewed our harvest levels to date and are excited to offer additional dates to round out a great razor clam season at Mocrocks,” Ayres said.
Final approval on upcoming digs will be announced by the department after marine-toxin tests confirm the clams are safe to eat.
Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers age 15 or older must have a 2015-16 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 at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.