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Clam diggers get go-ahead for second razor-clam dig of the fall season starting

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2009 at 11:01 am |
October 29, 2009 2:41 pm

Clam diggers just got the go-ahead to proceed with the second razor-clam dig of the fall season starting Wednesday on evening tides at two beaches.

Twin Harbors will open for four late-evening digs Wednesday through Nov. 7, while Long Beach will open Wednesday, Nov. 6 and Nov. 7 only. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Ok’d the digs after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams were safe to eat.

Here is the rest of the news release:

Digging at the beaches will be restricted to the hours between noon and midnight. Additional digging opportunities are planned at five ocean beaches in mid-November.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said the department was able to offer the early November digs at Long Beach and Twin Harbors due to the abundant razor clam populations on those beaches.

“With more clams available for harvest south of Grays Harbor, we can offer these digging opportunities in addition to the ones that will include all beaches coming up later this month,” Ayres said.

The best time to start digging is an hour or two before low tide, said Ayres, who also recommends that clam diggers take lights or lanterns and check weather and surf conditions before heading out.

Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

A license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Any 2009 annual shellfish/seaweed license or combination fishing license is still valid. Another option is a razor-clam only license available in annual or three-day only versions. Descriptions of the various options are available on the WDFW website at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.

Opening dates and evening low tides are:
Wednesday (7:33 p.m. -1.3 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 5 (8:18 p.m. -1.2 ft.) Twin Harbors
Nov. 6 (9:07 p.m. -0.9 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Nov. 7 (9:59 p.m. -0.5 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Here are the dates for the next scheduled dig:

Saturday, Nov. 14 (4:34 p.m. -0.3 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Sunday, Nov. 15 (5:21 p.m. -0.7 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Monday, Nov. 16 (6:05 p.m. -0.9 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
Tuesday, Nov. 17 (6:47 p.m. -0.8 ft.) Twin Harbors

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