Six-day clam dig set to begin next Thursday


A six-day razor clam dig slated to begin on Thursday has been approved by state fisheries managers.

The evening razor dig will run through Feb. 12 at Twin Harbors and some of those days at three other ocean beaches.

The state Department of Fish & Wildlife approved the dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Dan Ayres, Fish & Wildlife coastal shellfish manager, said the dig will extend for six consecutive evenings at Twin Harbors, the beach with the most clams available for harvest. Long Beach will also be open for digging Friday through Sunday, Feb. 8-10, and Copalis and Mocrocks will be open Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9.

No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon.

Ayres said both clam diggers and razor clams made a strong showing at the last dig during the last weekend in January.

“I don’t know whether people are shaking off cabin fever or what, but thousands of diggers turned out for the last opening,” Ayres said. “Most of them went home with their 15-clam limit.”

The schedule for the upcoming dig and evening low tides is:

• Thursday, Feb. 7, 4:22 p.m., -0.5 ft., Twin Harbors

• Friday, Feb. 8, 5:11 p.m., -0.9 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

• Saturday, Feb. 9, 5:56 p.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

• Sunday, Feb. 10, 6:37 p.m., -0.9 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach

• Monday, Feb. 11, 7:17 p.m., -0.5 ft., Twin Harbors

• Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7:54 p.m., 0.0 ft., Twin Harbors

Ayres noted that the best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide.

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.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 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 the Fish & Wildlife website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state. Information about current and proposed digs, as well as the location of Washington’s razor clam beaches, is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.