Clam diggers will get the chance to dig for razor clams during the school winter break with an opening Dec. 22-23 at four ocean beaches.
Thestate Department of Fish and Wildlife has OK’s an evening dig at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.
Evening low tides during the dig will be at 4:40 p.m. Dec. 22 and at 5:29 p.m. on Dec. 23. No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon.
Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach one to two hours before evening low tide for best results.
Kalaloch Beach will remain closed until April, due to a low abundance of razor clams.
Ayres said the department will announce tentative openings for early 2012 at the other four beaches in early January.
Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2011-12 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licensing options range from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, which can be purchased on the department’s website and from license vendors around the state.