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Razor clam dig gets final go ahead

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2010 at 5:31 pm with 1 Comment »
October 29, 2010 5:32 pm

Clam diggers have been given the green light to proceed with the season’s second razor-clam dig. The dig is scheduled to start at noon Nov. 5 on five ocean beaches.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. Test showed negligible levels of domoic acid and PCP.

Digging will be allowed at Twin Harbors beach for four days, Nov. 5-8. Four other beaches – Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch and Long Beach – will be open for two days of digging, Nov. 5-6.

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  1. Razor clam digging, once a ‘destination’ field trip for individuals and families wanting to do something enjoyable, as well as productive, on a trip to the ocean beaches is mostly lost now. And this can be attested to by the steady erosion of businesses and facilities at the ocean beach towns. Weekend trips to go clam digging are a waste of time and money now because of enacted digging regulations.

    You used to be able to dig a personal 15 claim ‘bag limit’ on each tide, which during minus tides usually meant you could dig two low tides every 24 hours, and if the tide timing was right you could dig an evening tide on a Friday, then a morning and evening tide on Saturday and a morning tide on Sunday before making the trip back home. Now you can only dig one tide a day (and only evenings after dark), essentially reducing you to one digging tide on Saturday evening, negating any incentive to dedicate a weekend trip for digging. And the town businesses that have gone broke, or otherwise shut their doors show it.

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