600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
May 22, 2001
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628 (ext 209)
Craig Bartlett, (360) 902-2259
This week's razor clam dig gets green light
OLYMPIA – Good news for clam diggers: The morning razor clam dig scheduled Thursday (May 24) at two ocean beaches will proceed as planned.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today gave final approval for the one-day dig after receiving the results of marine toxin tests that indicate the clams are safe to eat.
This week's razor clam dig – the last planned until fall – will take place from 12:01 a.m. until noon Thursday (May 24) at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches. Low tide that day is minus 1.9 feet at 8:17 am.
Copalis beaches include Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis. Mocrocks includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt, Pacific Beach and Moclips beaches.
All other beaches will remain closed.
"We're pleased that we can offer folks one more chance to dig razor clams before fall," said Dan Ayres, WDFW razor clam biologist. "This opening wasn't on our original schedule, but diggers left enough clams during the last opening at Copalis and Mocrocks that we could offer one more weekday dig."
Ayres recommends that diggers purchase their 2001 license before they leave home to avoid potential lines in coastal communities.
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.
Digging is always prohibited in the three one-quarter-mile-wide razor clam reserves – marked by 10-foot orange metal poles with signs – including one located just south of the Ocean City approach to Copalis.