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Razor clam digs planned for March, April

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 19, 2009 at 10:01 am with No Comments »
February 19, 2009 10:01 am

State fishery managers have scheduled three days of razor clam digs in late March, with two digs scheduled for April.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will open four beaches for clam digging if the state Department of Health certifies that razor clam samples tested for marine toxins are safe to eat.

If clams are safe to eat, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will open March 27-29, while Long Beach and Copalis will be open March 28-29. With low tides occuring in the morning, all digging on those beaches must be completed by noon.

In April, Twin Harbors would be open April 10-12 and April 25-27. Long Beach and Twin Harbors would be open April 11-12 and April 25-27. Copalis and Mocrocks would be open just April 26-27.

It appears there will be no digging this season at Kalaloch, said the state’s coastal shellfish manager Day Ayres. The beach was closed last season because the population there was extremely low. The numbers at Kalaloch rebounded for this season, but the clams were too small to harvest.

Ayres said recent test digs showed the clams have not grown to harvestable size.

The spring digs are taking place even though thousands of diggers came out for the February opener.

“The weather really cooperated during February’s opener and most people got their limits,” Ayres said in a prepared statement. “Even better, we have sufficient clams left to offer folks more digging opportunities this spring.”

Ayres said more digs will likely be announced following the April digs.

“There’s a good chance we’ll have enough clams to offer additional digging opportunities on some beaches in May,” he said in the release.

Here are the low tide times for the proposed digs:

March 27, 7:49 a.m. 0 feet; March 28, 8:29 a.m. -0.4 feet; and March 29, 9:12 a.m. -0.6 feet.

April 10, 7:45 a.m., -0.7 feet; April 11, 8:25 a.m., -0.7 feet; and April 12, 9:05 a.m., -0.5 feet.

April 25, 7:27 a.m., -1.3 feet; April 26, 8:10 a.m., -1.6 feet; and April 27, 8:55 a.m., -1.7 feet.

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