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State adds second razor clam dig in April

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 29, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
March 29, 2011 2:40 pm

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced plans for a second razor clam dig in April.

The state already announced a tentative dig for April 7-9 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

Today the department said it hopes to open those beaches for clam digging April 19-23 along with Copalis and Mocrocks April 21-23.

Final approval on the digs will be announced about a week ahead of time, once the results of the marine toxin tests are available.

“The weather was pretty rough during the March opener, so diggers didn’t get as many clams as we thought they would,” Dan Ayres, state coastal shellfish manager, said in a news release. “That gives us an opportunity to schedule a second dig in April.”

According to the plan, Long Beach and Twin Harbors will open for digging April 19 through April 22, until noon each day, plus April 23 until 1 p.m. Copalis and Mocrocks will be open for digging April 21-22 until noon and April 23 until 1 p.m.

Fishery managers agreed to an extra hour of digging April 23, because low tide won’t occur until 11:27 a.m. that morning, Ayres said.

“We didn’t want to be in the position of shooing diggers off the beach just a half-hour after low tide,” he said in the release. “This schedule makes more sense for everyone.”

The low tide times for April are:

  • April 7: 9:37 a.m. (0.1 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • April 8: 10:19 a.m. (0.2 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • April 9: 11:07 a.m. (0.4 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • April 19: 8:07 a.m. (-1.8 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • April 20: 8:54 a.m. (-1.7 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • April 21: 9:42 a.m. (-1.4 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • April 22: 10:33 a.m. (-0.8 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • April 23: 11:27 a.m. (-0.2 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks (Digging allowed until 1 p.m.)

Kalaloch is closed for the rest of the season for an assessment of the clam population there.

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