The next evening razor clam dig will open Tuesday at Twin Harbors beach, then include openings three other beaches later next week.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig after marine toxin tests at all four beaches confirmed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed until after noon at any beaches.
The dig at Twin Harbors will run through Nov. 17.Long Beach will be open Nov. 15, followed by Copalis and Mocrocks on Nov.16.
“If razor clams have a place on your Thanksgiving table, this is the time to get them,” Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager said in a prepared statement. “We have lots of clams available for harvest on all four beaches.”
Ayres said the best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide. Digging days and evening low tides for those beaches are:
- Tuesday: 5:54 p.m., -1.6 ft., Twin Harbor
- Wednesday: 6:41 p.m., -1.9 ft., Twin Harbors
- Nov. 15: 7:29 p.m., -1.9 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- Nov. 16: 8:18 p.m., -1.6 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
- Nov. 17: 9:09 p.m., -1.1 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Ayres recommends diggers carry a lantern or strong flashlight during night digs. In addition, diggers heading to Copalis and Mocrocks should be aware of a traffic revision on eastbound U.S. Highway 101 in Hoquiam due to emergency work on the Simpson Avenue Bridge.
“This is the only route to those beaches, so people should allow extra travel time to make sure they arrive on time,” Ayres said. He advises diggers to check the Washington State Department of Transportation website for more information.
Clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers age 15 or older must have a 2012-13 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. License options range from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license.They are available on the agency’s website and from license vendors around the state.
Information about beach locations and additional digs proposed in the weeks ahead is available on the department’s website.