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Fall razor clam season will open early at Twin Harbors

Evening low tides during the upcoming dig are as follows:

  • Sept. 19, Thursday, 7:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet
  • Sept. 20, Friday, 7:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet
  • Sept. 21, Saturday, 8:39 p.m.; -0.5 feet
  • Sept. 22, Sunday, 9:21 p.m.; -0.3 feet
  • Sept. 23, Monday, 10:04 p.m.; 0.0 feet

Under state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.

Ayres said WDFW will announce a digging schedule for all state razor clam beaches in the next few weeks, after the public has had a chance to comment on the department’s annual stock assessment and plans for the upcoming season. That report is posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html .

State shellfish managers will discuss those plans at a public meeting Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at the City of Long Beach Depot, located at 102 Third St., NW. Written comments can be submitted to [email protected] through Sept. 30.

Several types of licenses, ranging from a combination fishing license to a three-day razor clam license, are available online at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/ . Fishing licenses can also be purchased from sporting goods stores and other vendors, listed at wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/

State razor clam managers to share good news at meeting

WDFW will also accept written comments on the stock assessment and possible digging options submitted to [email protected] through Sept. 30.

WDFW will begin setting openings for the fall digging season once the public has had a chance to comment.

During the 2012-13 season, diggers harvested 6.1 million razor clams, the highest number in 15 years. Diggers averaged 14.5 clams per day, just shy of the 15-clam legal limit.

Razor clam seasons are also an economic boon for small coastal communities, according to a study conducted by the University of Washington. Last year’s season generated approximately $37 million in economic benefits, based on the model used in the study.