Clam opening starts Friday; tentative Dec. schedule announced


On the eve of an eight-day clam dig that starts Friday, the state Department of Fish & Wildlife has announced a tentative schedule for December that includes three openings and 15 total days of digging, running right through to New Year’s Eve.

The opening that starts tomorrow has final approval. Here are the digging days and tide information for that one:

Friday, 5:52 pm; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors and Mocrocks

Saturday, 6:36 pm; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Sunday, 6:16 pm; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks

Monday, Nov. 4, 6:59 pm; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:45 pm; -1.3 feet; Long Beach and Twin Harbors

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 8:33 pm; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Thursday, Nov. 7, 9:24 pm; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Friday, Nov. 8, 10:19 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

The department reminds that large red signs are placed on the beach approach roads on beaches not open, to state that fact. If diggers are observed on those beaches, it could be legal tribal harvesters and not an indication that non-tribal recreational harvest is open, the department said.

The tentative digging schedule for December won’t get final approval until marine-toxin test results confirm clams are safe to eat prior to each dig, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

“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.

“ … 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.

Dates, beaches, and evening low tides for the proposed end-of-the-year digs are as follows:

First opening

Nov. 30, Saturday, 4:28 pm; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 1, Sunday, 5:13 pm; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 2, Monday, 5:59 pm; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 3, Tuesday, 6:44 pm; -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 4, Wednesday, 7:30 pm; -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 5, Thursday, 8:17 pm; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 6, Friday, 9:05 pm; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 7, Saturday, 9:56 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

Second opening

Dec. 14, Saturday, 4:45 pm; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 15, Sunday, 5:26 pm; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbor, and Mocrocks

Dec. 16, Monday, 6:03 pm; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks

Dec. 17, Tuesday, 6:38 pm; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 18, Wednesday, 7:12 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

Second opening

Dec. 29, Sunday, 4:05 pm; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 30, Monday, 4:55 pm; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 31, Tuesday, 5:42 pm; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

The department pointed out that the Copalis management beach includes: Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and the Copalis areas. This area is only open one day during this period, Saturday Nov. 2.

A description of each beach and a map can be found at: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/

For details go to the following web link: http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html