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This week's razor clam shindig greenlighted

Pacific Coast beach razor clam testing by the state health department has found them safe to consume, so this week's seven-day opening has been green-lighted by shellfish authorities.

The Long Beach and Twin Harbors management sectors, south of Grays Harbor, will be open all seven days (Oct. 22-28) while the Mocrocks sector is available Friday-Sunday, Oct. 24-26 and Copalis Beach just one day (Saturday, Oct. 25). The latter two beach zones are north of Grays Harbor.

Digging hours for this opening are from noon to midnight. Beaches are closed to clam collecting during AM hours. Digging is said to be most successful one to two hours before low tide.

The low tide (slack ebb) sequence starts on the first day at 6:30 p.m. progressing about 45 minutes later each evening until the last day Tuesday, Oct. 28 when the minus tide rill out turns at 10:36 p.m.

Each digger must have one of several forms of state personal use license allowing the unearthing of razor clams and a separate container. Personal lighting is a must and high-grading (discarding smaller or broken shell clams is prohibited as is driving on beaches. Digging in clam reserves marked by poles above the high tide line is banned as well.

The next prospective razor opening, if marine toxin levels remain in check, is Nov. 4-11.