The first razor clam dig of the year will proceed as scheduled on Friday and Jan. 21 at four ocean beaches.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the 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.
No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon.
The evening low tide Friday will be at 4:28 p.m. (-0.5 feet) and on Jan. 21 it will be at 5:17 p.m. (-0.8 feet).
Diggers should 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.
At the other four beaches, 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 WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.