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State schedules next razor clam dig to open Saturday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 16, 2012 at 3:22 am |
April 16, 2012 3:22 am

The state has scheduled another morning razor-clam dig for later this week, as long as marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.
The dig is scheduled for:
Saturday (7:28 a.m., -0.3 feet) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
Sunday (8:01 a.m., -0.4 feet) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
April 23 (8:35 a.m., -0.4 feet) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
“We didn’t have enough harvest share left at Copalis and Mocrocks to be able to offer another weekend day of digging, but were able to offer one more Monday at those two beaches,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Copalis Beach lies south of the Copalis River and includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis. Mocrocks Beach is north of the Copalis River and includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

No digging will be allowed after noon.
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.

Diggers need a valid 2012-13 fishing license to participate in the upcoming opening. The exception is young people under age 15, who may fish for free.

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.

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