Clam digs next month on Washington coast

Clam digs next month on Washington coast

Credit: Wash. Department of Fish and Wildlife

Clam digs next month on Washington coast

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on September 26, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 1:53 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has tentatively scheduled a five-day razor-clam dig beginning Oct. 13 on four coastal beaches.
  
Final approval depends on marine toxin tests showing the clams are safe.

WDFW will announce final approval of that plan about a week before the dig is set to start, said Dan Ayres, WDFW's coastal shellfish manager.

"We're still in the process of determining additional fall and winter digging opportunities, but we wanted to give people a chance to start making plans for October," said Ayres, noting that WDFW will announce additional razor-clam digs later that month.

Proposed digging days and evening low tides for beaches tentatively scheduled to open in October are:

  • Oct. 13 (Saturday), 5:41 pm, (+0.3 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 14 (Sunday), 6:26 pm, (-0.5 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 15 (Monday), 7:11 pm, (-1.1 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 16 (Tuesday), 7:57 pm, (-1.5 ft.); Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 17 (Wednesday), 8:44 pm, (-1.6 ft.); Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 18 (Thursday), 9:34 pm, (-1.4 ft.); Twin Harbors

"Low tides will occur relatively late in the day, so diggers need be prepared for darkness during evening digs in the fall," Ayres said.

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 WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

Under state law, each digger can take 15 razor clams per day, and must keep the first 15 clams they dig.
  
Details are available on the department's website:
http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons--set.html

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