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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

First December razor clam dig approved for “exceptional” digging

OLYMPIA – State fishery managers have approved an evening razor-clam dig on ocean beaches starting Saturday, Nov. 30, and running for eight days on the lowest tides so far this season.

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.

“We’ve had some great digs so far this season, but this one could be truly exceptional,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “If the weather cooperates, most diggers should be able to get their limit in record time.”

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Ayres said the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, noting that no digging is allowed at any beach before noon.

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

WDFW tentatively schedules razor clam digs through December, New Year’s Eve

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled three razor clam digs for December, including 15 total digging days in the month and a three-day New Year’s Eve dig at four coastal razor clam beaches.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said final word on the first series of digs will be announced after marine-toxin test results confirm clams are safe to eat prior to each dig.

“Although these digs are still tentative, tide levels look good,” said Ayres. “That’s especially true for the eight-day dig beginning Nov. 30, and for the New Year’s Eve dig.”

He highlighted ample opportunities to dig tasty razors for holiday celebrations this year.

“Razor clam digging on New Year’s Eve has become a tradition for many Washingtonians,” said Ayres. “The tides aren’t conducive to a holiday dig every year, but they’re with us in 2013.”

In past years, as many as 20,000 people have descended on ocean beaches to dig razor clams on New Year’s Eve, Ayres said. 

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

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.