Elevated levels of marine toxins have prompted state shellfish managers to postpone the start of razor clam digging on ocean beaches this fall. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will not schedule razor clam digs on any of the state’s ocean beaches until tests show the clams are safe to eat. Domoic acid […]Continue Reading ...
Digging will remain closed on ocean beaches for the remainder of the razor clam season because of elevated toxin levels. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has canceled two openings that were tentatively scheduled to start May 15 and May 22 due to high levels of domoic acid. WDFW canceled three days of […]Continue Reading ...
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.Continue Reading ...
Shellfish managers have approved four days of razor clam digging starting May 7 at various ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be […]Continue Reading ...
OLYMPIA – Rising marine toxin levels have prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to cancel a razor clam dig scheduled at Long Beach and delay final decisions about digs at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches until next week.
Olympic National Park will also wait until next week to decide on a dig at Kalaloch Beach, pending the results of further biotoxin testing.
Previous plans for a dig starting late next week were put on hold after routine testing found elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) in clams collected on coastal beaches, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.Continue Reading ...
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