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State OKs weekend razor clam dig on two beaches

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 16, 2010 at 7:53 pm with No Comments »
November 16, 2010 7:53 pm

Two coastal beaches will be open this weekend for a razor clam dig.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife Tuesday approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams at Long Beach and Twin Harbors are safe to eat.

All other coastal beaches will remain closed to razor-clam digging that weekend.

“This dig is scheduled only at Long Beach and Twin Harbors , because they have the largest number of clams available for harvest,” Dan Ayres, state coastal shellfish manager, said in a news release. “We’ve tentatively scheduled another dig in early December at all five ocean beaches.”

A list of tentative digs, subject to future marine toxin tests, is available on WDFW’s web site.

This weekend, no digging will be allowed before noon on either beach.

For the biggest clams, Ayres recommends getting to the beach about an hour before low tides. Evening low tide will be -0.4 feet at 5:39 p.m. Saturday and -0.7 feet at 6:17 p.m. Sunday.

Twin Harbors Beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor and includes Westport, Grayland and North Cove. Long Beach extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2010-11 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on the department’s web site and from license vendors around the state.

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