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First razor clam dig gets OK

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 8, 2012 at 9:22 am |
October 8, 2012 9:24 am
The 2012-13 razor clam season opens Saturday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis beaches. (Jeffrey P. Mayor/Staff writer file, 2011)

This announcement was made Friday, but I was out of the office.

The first razor-clam dig of the season gets under way Saturday at four ocean beaches. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig after marine toxin showed the clams are safe to eat.

Here is the schedule for the first dig, along with the times for the low tide:

  • Saturday: 5:41 p.m., +0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Sunday: 6:26 p.m., -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Monday: 7:11 p.m., -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 16: 7:57 p.m., -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 17; 8:44 p.m., -1.6 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 18: 9:34 p.m., -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors

“Low tides will occur relatively late in the day, so diggers need be prepared for darkness during evening digs in the fall,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said in the news release.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on the department’s website and from license vendors around the state.

Under state law, each digger can take 15 razor clams per day, and must keep the first 15 clams they dig to prevent wastage. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
The department is still accepting public comments – through Tuesday – on digging days and other management options for additional razor-clam digs later this season. For more information, check the department’s razor clam website.

The department will announce additional razor-clam digs later this month.

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