The first of two December razor clam digs will open as scheduled, beginning Tuesday at Twin Harbors. Tests showed clams are safe to eat, allowing the dig to proceed as planned. Test samples showed the clams were well below state standards for domoic acid and PSP.
There is one change, however. Long Beach will be open a third day, Dec. 16, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.
Here are the opening dates and the time of the evening low tides and the beaches that will be open each day:
- Tuesday: 4:51 p.m., -1.1 ft., Twin Harbors
- Wednesday: 5:40 p.m., -1.6 ft., Twin Harbors
- Thursday: 6:29 p.m., -1.9 ft., Twin Harbors
- Dec. 14: 7:15 p.m., -1.8 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach, Copalis
- Dec. 15: 8:01 p.m., -1.6 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach, Copalis
- Dec. 16: 8:47 p.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach
No digging will be allowed at any of those beaches until after noon.
The dig will take place during some of the best tides of the season so far, said Dan Ayres, state coastal shellfish manager.
“The position of the moon in December always generates favorable tides for digging razor clams,” Ayres said. “Unfortunately, the weather isn’t always as cooperative, so diggers should dress for cold, wet conditions.”