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Likely final razor clam dig of season gets OK

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on April 17, 2012 at 8:59 am |
April 17, 2012 8:59 am

The razor clam dig set to begin Saturday has been approved after tests show clams are safe to eat.

With the state’s razor clam season nearing an end, Long Beach and Twin Harbors will be open for digging all three days, while Copalis and Mocrocks will be open Monday only.

“We have just enough clams available for harvest at Copalis and Mocrocks to offer one more weekday dig,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Ayres said he expects this to be the final dig of the season at all beaches.

“We’ll see where we are with the other beaches after this opening, but anything after this coming opener will definitely be an unexpected bonus,” he said.

Digging will be open:

  • Saturday: (7:28 a.m., -0.3 feet): Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • Sunday: (8:01 a.m., -0.4 feet): Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • Monday: (8:35 a.m., -0.4 feet): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks

No digging will be allowed on any beaches after noon.

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.

Diggers can keep 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 take part in the dig. 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 WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.

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