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April 15, 2008
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628
Razor clam dig approved on four ocean beaches
OLYMPIA – Clam diggers received the go-ahead to proceed with a morning razor clam dig starting April 19 at four ocean beaches after marine toxin tests showed the clams at those beaches are safe to eat.
Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks will all be open for digging April 19-20. Twin Harbors will be open for three additional days, April 21-23, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
No digging will be allowed after noon on any beach. Kalaloch Beach will remain closed to harvest.
Depending on harvest numbers after the April opener, there may be enough clams left in the quota on some beaches for additional digging opportunities in May, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.
“With the variable digging conditions we’ve experienced since the first of the year, the harvest has been lower than expected,” Ayres said. “Following this April opener we’ll know if there will be enough clams for some May digging on one or more beaches.”
All diggers must have an applicable 2008-09 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Licenses can be purchased at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, by telephone (1-866-246-9453), or in person at more than 600 license vendors throughout the state. A list of vendors is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/lic/vendors/vendors.htm.
Under WDFW rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition. Each digger's limit must be kept in a separate container.
Those going to Copalis and Mocrocks, should be aware of a possible traffic revision due to continuing work on the Simpson Avenue Bridge on eastbound U.S. 101 in Hoquiam, Ayres said. “This is the only route to those beaches, so people should allow extra travel time to make sure they don’t arrive late.”
Ayres advises diggers to check the Washington Department of Transportation website, which provides project updates and traffic cameras: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/US101/SimpsonBridgeRehab/camera.htm.
Dates and low tides are:
- Saturday, April 19, 6:40 a.m., -0.1 ft: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
- Sunday, April 20, 7:18 a.m., -0.4 ft: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
- Monday, April 21, 7:55 a.m., -0.6 ft: Twin Harbors only
- Tuesday, April 22, 8:30 a.m., -0.6 ft: Twin Harbors only
- Wednesday, April 23, 9:06 a.m., -0.5 ft: Twin Harbors only
Locations of Washington’s razor-clam digging beaches included in this opener are:
- Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.
- Twin Harbors, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.
- Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River and includes the Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.
- Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific beach and Moclips.