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State OKs razor clam dig for Saturday and Sunday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
February 13, 2012 3:36 pm

The last evening razor-clam dig of the season will take place Saturday and Sunday 19 on three ocean beaches. After that, clam diggers can look forward to a series of digs on morning tides.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced the approval of this week’s dig at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks beaches after marine toxin tests showed clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

For this dig, the evening low tide on Saturday is at 4:13 p.m. (0 feet), and on Sunday it is at 5 p.m. (-0.2 feet).

No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon. Digging is best an hour or two before low tide.

Dan Ayres, state coastal shellfish manager, said Copalis beach will remain closed for razor-clam digging this month, due to a relatively low abundance of clams. That closure will affect beaches near Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis.

Also closed is Kalaloch beach.

Once the harvest is totaled for this month’s dig, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife will announce plans for future digs, starting in early March. Because of the change in tides that occurs in spring, those digs will all be held during morning hours.

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