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Fall razor clam season will open early at Twin Harbors

OLYMPIA – Washington’s razor clam season will get off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach set for Sept. 19-23.

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

Although the department is still developing the digging schedule for fall, state fishery managers saw no reason to delay approving a dig at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

“We have an huge number of clams available for harvest this season – particularly at Twin Harbors,” Ayres said. “There are only so many good clamming tides during the year, and we decided there was no time to waste in getting started.”

Twin Harbors Beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. Clam digging will be allowed there between noon and midnight, although Ayres suggests arriving at the beach one to two hours before evening low tide for best results.

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 .