DOH Shellfish Safety Information
The Washington Department of Health monitors shellfish for a variety of contaminants, including biotoxins, pollution, and radiation.
WDFW Olympic Region Harmful Algal Bloom (ORHAB) project
 

Rules and Regulations

Before harvesting, check the beach to determine if a beach is open or if there are any health restrictions. You can check if there are any marine toxin level restrictions by calling the Marine Biotoxin Hotline maintained by the Washington Department of Health at 1-800-562-5632 (see: Marine Biotoxin Bulletin Website)

License Requirements
A Shellfish/Seaweed License is required for harvesting razor clams and must be in the harvester's immediate possession and available for inspection during harvest and transport. Everyone claiming a limit must actively participate in the harvesting process, unless they possess a disability permit. See the WDFW Licensing for more information.

For detailed information about all recreational license requirements see the
Fishing in Washington Regulation Pamphlet

Bag Limit
The first fifteen razor clams regardless of size or condition must be retained. One daily limit of fresh shellfish may be in possession. Additional shellfish may be possessed in a frozen or processed form. Razor clams may not be returned to the beach. For razor clams, holes do not have to be refilled as is required for hardshell clam digging.

Allowable Harvesting Gear
Razor clams may be taken by hand, hand-operated shovel, or tube with a minimum outside diameter of 4" or (4" x 3" if elliptical). Each digger must use a separate container, but may share digging equipment.

Harvest Seasons
Razor clams are strictly managed by determining clam population levels and harvest plans are set every year. See the Current Razor Clam Season Information or contact the WDFW Coastal Washington regional office for details on upcoming seasons.

Beach Use
It is illegal to drive any vehicle, or lead or ride a horse on the clam beds. You must stay on the upper "hard-sand area". Pressure from the weight of the vehicles or digging action of horses' hooves cause clam mortality.

Three areas are set up as razor clam reserves and are restricted from any harvesting. These areas are only 1/4 mile in width. There locations are:

  1. From a line extending westward from the middle of the Oysterville approach - north for one quarter mile on Long Beach
  2. From a line extending westward from the middle of the county line approach south for one quarter mile on Twin Harbors
  3. From a point beginning four-tenths of a mile south of the Ocean City approach (2nd. Ave.) and extending south for one quarter mile on Copalis Beach.

They are well marked with metal poles and signs. For location refer to the razor clam beaches map.