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Razor Clam Dig Approved for Four Washington Beaches October 27-30

Article ImageWA Dept. of Fish & WildlifeRazor clams lookout! A clam dig was just approved for October 27-30 for four Washington beaches. The second razor-clam dig of the fall season will get under way on evening tides at four ocean beaches Saturday (October 27). Twin Harbors beach will open for digging after noon on four consecutive days, October 27-30. Three other beaches – Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks – will open for digging October 27-28 after noon each day.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests on all four beaches confirmed the clams are safe to eat.

Digging days and evening low tides for beaches scheduled to open are:

Oct. 27 Saturday 5:57 p.m., +0.2 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Oct. 28, Sunday 6:36 p.m., -0.1 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Oct. 29, Monday 7:12 p.m., -0.3, Twin Harbors

Oct. 30, Tuesday 7:46 p.m., -0.4, Twin Harbors

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers carry a lantern or strong flashlight during night digs. He also said diggers heading to Copalis and Mocrocks should be aware of a traffic revision on eastbound U.S. Highway 101 in Hoquiam due to emergency work on the Simpson Avenue Bridge.

"This is the only route to those beaches, so people should allow extra travel time to make sure they arrive on time," Ayres said. He advises diggers to check the Washington Department of Transportation website for more information.

Ayres also reminds diggers that the limit for razor clams is 15 per day, and that diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

"Diggers caught returning clams can be cited for wastage," Ayres said.

For more information on this approved clam dig and links to appropriate licensing resources, click the read more link below.
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  • Published in: Online Extras Fall/Winter 2012
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