Weekend razor clam dig approved


State fishery managers have approved a razor clam dig at Twin Harbors set for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, after marine toxin tests confirmed that the clams on the beach are safe to eat.

All other coastal beaches in Washington will be closed to razor clam digging until the fall, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of Fish & Wildlife.

“This is the last chance to dig fresh razor clams until this fall,” Ayres said. Twin Harbors beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the South Jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor. The proposed opening is scheduled on morning tides. No digging ia allowed after noon.

Tides:

• Saturday: 6:32 a.m., -1.5 feet

• Sunday: 7:19 a.m., -2.1 feet

• Monday: 8:07 a.m., -2.3 feet

For best results, Ayres recommends that diggers arrive at the beach an hour or two before low tide.

“With digging restricted to one beach, I’d recommend arriving early and getting your clams before it gets too crowded,” he said.

Ayres reminds diggers to avoid signed upland beach areas at Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers. The closed areas are located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day. Diggers need a valid 2012-13 fishing license. for more information, visit Fish & Wildlife’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.