Low morning tides during the upcoming openings at Twin Harbors are as follows:
- May 24, Friday, 6:34 a.m., -1.7 ft.
- May 25, Saturday, 7:21 a.m., -2.2 ft.
- May 26, Sunday, 8:09 a.m., -2.4 ft.
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.
To participate, diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses are available online ( https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ ), by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.
Brock Hoenes, a WDFW wildlife biologist, cautions clam diggers and other beachgoers to avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches from April through August. The small white birds are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.
Plovers and their eggs are extremely vulnerable at this time of year because the birds nest in the dry sand, Hoenes said.
Hoenes also asks that diggers avoid signed upland beach areas at Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect the nesting birds. The closed areas are located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park.