The state just announced the go-aheadfor a four-day razor-clam dig on coastal beaches over the New Year’s holiday.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife gave final approval for the evening digs after a series of marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on all five coastal beaches were safe to eat.
Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch beaches will be open for clam digging Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
All of those beaches, with the exception of Kalaloch, also will be open Jan. 2. One beach – Twin Harbors – will open for a fourth evening of digging Jan. 3.
All digs will be held on evening tides, with digging restricted to the hours between noon and midnight. The National Park Service approved the two-day dig at Kalaloch Beach, located within Olympic National Park, to coincide with those at the other beaches.
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.
Additional digging dates in 2010 will be announced in January, following review of harvest data, Ayres said.
Digging days and tides during the opening are:
Dec. 31 (6:16 p.m. -1.1 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
Jan. 1 (7:01 p.m. -1.8 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
Jan. 2 (7:45 p.m. -1.6 ft.) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 3 (8:29 p.m. -1.2 ft.) Twin Harbors