One razor clam beach opens April 9, three other beaches follow April 12

“We take those rules seriously,” said Capt. Dan Brinson, of WDFW’s enforcement program. “We encounter some harvesters during virtually every dig setting aside small or broken clams in the hope of finding larger ones to take home. That’s a waste of the resource and violators will be cited.”

Potential penalties for violating the rule range up to a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail, he said.

Brinson also reminds diggers that all diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach, noting that licenses effective for 2012-13 expired at midnight March 31. Licenses are available online ( ), by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.