A traditional New Year clam dig kicks off Sunday with an eight-day dig that runs through Jan. 5.
As in previous openings, all digs are scheduled on evening tides.
No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.
“Digging razor clams on New Year’s Day is a holiday tradition for a lot of Northwest families,” said Dan Ayres, state Department of Fish &Wildlife shellfish manager. “Fortunately, the tides allowed us to keep that tradition alive this year.”
Tides and times and beaches for the New Year’s dig:
• Dec. 29, Sunday, 4:05 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
• Dec. 30, Monday, 4:55 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
• Dec. 31, Tuesday, 5:42 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis,
• Jan. 1, Wednesday, 6:29 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
• Jan. 2, Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
• Jan. 3, Friday, 8:00 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
• Jan. 4, Saturday, 8:45 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
• Jan. 5, Sunday, 9:31 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
Additional digs are tentatively scheduled later in January and in February, but have not yet been approved.
For more information, see the Fish &Wildlife Razor Clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on Fish &Wildlife’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
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.