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State sets razor clam dig dates through the end of the year

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
October 16, 2012 2:44 pm
The state has announced tentative dates for a series of razor clam digs through the end of the year. (Jeffrey P. Mayor file, 2011)

Clam diggers can get out their calendars and plan their next trip to the beach. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has released the dates for proposed razor clam digs through the end of the year.

The announcement comes as the first dig of the season runs through Thursday night at Twin Harbors.

Starting Oct. 27, Twin Harbors will be open for four consecutive evening digs if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. Three other beaches – Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks – are also scheduled to open for digging Oct. 27-28 if
test results are favorable.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said final go ahead on the upcoming digs and more to follow will be announced about a week prior to each scheduled opening.

“This week’s dig, the first of the fall season, has been wet but productive,” Ayres
said in a news release. “The number of clams is up at all beaches except Kalaloch this year, so we’re expecting a very good season.”

Ayres said the department based the schedule on a combination of clam abundance, low evening tides and the results of a public comment period conducted over the past month.

“By popular demand, we included a dig on New Year’s Eve, even though the tide isn’t ideal,” Ayres said in the release. “It’s a holiday tradition for some diggers.”

All razor clam digs proposed through the end of the year are scheduled on low evening tides; no digging is allowed before noon on any day. Additional digs will be announced for 2013 early in the new year.

The proposed digs through Dec. 31:

  • Oct. 27: 5:57 p.m., +0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 28: 6:36 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 29: 7:12 p.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 30: 7:46 p.m., -0.4 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 13: 5:54 p.m., -1.6 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 14: 6:41 p.m., -1.9 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 15: 7:29 p.m., -1.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 16: 8:18 p.m., -1.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 17: 9:09 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 26: 5:16 p.m., -0.1 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 27: 5:52 p.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 28: 6:27 p.m., -0.4 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 29: 7:01 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 30: 7:35 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 1: 8:10 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 11: 4:51 p.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 12: 5:40 p.m., -1.6 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 13: 6:29 p.m., -1.9 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 14: 7:15 p.m., -1.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 15: 8:01 p.m., -1.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 16: 8:47 p.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 28: 6:42 p.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 29: 7:15 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 30: 7:47 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 31: 8:20 p.m., 0.0, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
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