Clam dig approved starting on Wednesday


Morning clam digs have been approved on Twin Harbors May 8-14, with Long Beach included May 10 and 11.

Dan Ayres, Fish & Wildlife coastal shellfish manager, said Copalis and Mocrocks have already reached their harvest limits are closed for the rest of the season.

“We still have clams available for harvest at Twin Harbors and Long Beach, and we want to give diggers a chance to catch their limit before the season comes to an end,” Ayres said. “After this opening, we’ll take another look at how the catch on those beaches measures up against the harvest guidelines.”

Digging dates, along with morning low tides, at the two remaining beaches are as follows:

• Wednesday, May 8, , 6:22 a.m. -0.5 ft., Twin Harbors

• Thursday, May 9, 7:00 a.m., -0.8 ft., Twin Harbors

• Friday, May 10, 7:37 a.m., -0.9 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach

• Saturday, May 11, 8:12 a.m., -0.8 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach

• Sunday, May 12, 8:48 a.m., -0.7 ft., Twin Harbors

• Monday, May 13, 9:23 a.m., -0.5 ft., Twin Harbors

• Tuesday, May 14, 10:01 a.m., -0.2 ft., Twin Harbors

State resource managers are cautioning clam diggers and other beachgoers to avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches from April through August. The small white birds are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.

Diggers should avoid signed upland beach areas at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers.

At Long Beach, the closed areas are located north of the Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point. At Twin Harbors, the closed areas are located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park.

Diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.

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