The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced dates for two more razor-clam digs, one later this month and one in February. The digs will take place if marine toxin tests to show clams are safe to eat.
The next dig is scheduled for Jan. 20-22 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach. The National Park Service has also scheduled a dig Jan. 21-22 at Kalaloch, located inside the Olympic National Park.
Digging at all three beaches will be restricted to the hours between noon and midnight.
The February dig has been scheduled for Feb. 17 at Twin Harbors and continuing Feb. 18-19 there and at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch.
Again, no digging will be allowed before noon at any of those days.
The tides for the proposed digs are:
- Jan. 20: 6:59 p.m., -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- Jan. 21: 7:38 p.m., -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch
- Jan. 22: 8:19 p.m., -0.6 ft.; Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch
- Feb. 17: 5:53 p.m., -0.9 ft.; Twin Harbors
- Feb. 18; 6:33 p.m., -0.9 ft.; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch
- Feb. 19; 7:13 p.m., -0.5 ft.; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch
Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said the department will announce spring digs once staffers have assessed how many clams are available for harvest after the next two digs.
“We want to make sure we still have clams available for spring digs, when we can schedule openings on morning tides,” Ayres said in a news release. “A lot of people look forward to digging clams on morning tides.”
Ayres said 19,000 diggers turned out to harvest razor clams on New Year’s Eve, the first day of the last three-day opening. Despite cold, windy conditions, diggers harvested more clams than on any day this season, he said.