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Second December razor clam dig approved starting this weekend

OLYMPIA – The next round of evening razor-clam digs is set to begin Saturday, Dec. 14, just in time to take home some clams for the winter holidays.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, noting that digging is not allowed at any beach before noon.

Upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Dec. 14, Saturday, 4:45 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Dec. 15, Sunday, 5:26 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 16, Monday, 6:03 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 17, Tuesday, 6:38 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Dec. 18, Wednesday, 7:12 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

Second November razor clam dig to start Friday on ocean beaches

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have approved the second of two evening razor-clam digs this month, this one running from Friday, Nov. 15, through Wednesday, Nov. 20, at various ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, reminds diggers that digging is not allowed at any beach before noon, noting that best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide.

WDFW has scheduled the upcoming dig on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Nov. 15, Friday, 5:01 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 16, Saturday, 5:42 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis
  • Nov. 17, Sunday, 6:20 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 18, Monday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 19, Tuesday, 7:33 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Nov. 20, Wednesday, 8:09 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Week-long November razor clam dig approved

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have approved the first of two tentatively scheduled razor clam digs in November, this one running from Friday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Nov. 8, on evening tides at various ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the evening dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said this could be one of the season’s best razor clam digs.

This might be the best low-tide series we’ll have the entire season,” said Ayres. “Digging conditions and strong clam numbers combine to suggest diggers should do very well, weather depending.”

Second October razor clam dig approved, November digs tentatively set

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved a six-day razor clam dig starting Oct. 17 and have scheduled tentative dates for additional openings in November.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the final October dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams are safe to eat.

The dig runs from Oct. 17-22 and begins after noon each day on the following beaches:

  • Oct. 17, Thursday, 6:15 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 18, Friday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 19, Saturday, 7:38 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 20, Sunday, 8:16 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 21, Monday, 8:55 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 22, Tuesday, 9:34 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends diggers dress for the weather and start an hour or two before the evening low tide to achieve best results.

On days when low tide occurs after sundown, Ayres recommends diggers bring a lantern, which is much more effective for spotting clams than the direct beam of a flashlight.

WDFW approves razor clam dig starting Friday at four beaches

OLYMPIA – Clam diggers today got a green light to proceed with a five-day razor clam dig set to begin Friday (Oct. 4) on four ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the evening dig – the second of the fall season – after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on all four beaches are safe to eat.

Four beaches will be open for digging Friday and Saturday, three will be open on Sunday and Monday, and one – Twin Harbors – will be open on Tuesday. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Dates, beaches, and evening low tides for the proposed digs are as follows:

  • Oct. 4, Friday, 6:56 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 5, Saturday, 7:36 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks 
  • Oct. 6, Sunday, 8:17 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 7, Monday, 9:00 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 8, Tuesday, 9:48 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach an hour or two before low tide for best results.

WDFW tentatively schedules razor clam digs through October

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled razor-clam digs through October, while continuing to accept public comments on openings for the rest of the season.

The department is planning two series of evening digs at four ocean beaches in October, provided that marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said final word on the first series of digs will be announced after test results are received next week.

Dates, beaches, and evening low tides for the proposed digs are as follows:

  • Oct. 4, Friday, 6:56 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 5, Saturday, 7:36 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 6, Sunday, 8:17 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors Mocrocks
  • Oct. 7, Monday, 9:48 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 8, Tuesday, 10:40 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 17, Thursday, 6:15 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 18, Friday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 19, Saturday, 7:38 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
  • Oct. 20, Sunday, 8:16 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 21, Monday, 8:55 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 22, Tuesday, 9:34 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors

State razor clam managers to share good news at meeting

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Razor clam diggers will receive some good news at a pre-season public meeting scheduled by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in Long Beach this month.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said tests conducted over the summer point to another year of strong razor clam populations and digging opportunities.

“The test show an even higher density of razor clams on most beaches than last year, when diggers enjoyed a banner season,” Ayres said. “That will translate into more days of digging at popular beaches such as Long Beach and Twin Harbors, so long as we don’t have any marine toxin issues.”

State shellfish managers will present an update on coastal razor clam stocks and discuss options for structuring this year’s season at a public meeting Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the City of Long Beach Depot, located at 102 Third St., NW. An overview of this year’s stock assessment is posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html .