MONTESANO – The last razor clam dig of the spring season has been set for Thursday, April 20 at Twin Harbors Beach, which includes the North Cove, Grayland and Westport areas. Digging will be allowed in the morning (a.m.) hours only.
No other beaches will be open for digging until next fall because allowable harvest levels have already been reached at all other coastal areas, said Doug Simons, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife razor clam project manager.
"The turnout for our last opening was absolutely huge with individual beach counts of over 13,000 diggers one day," Simons said. "The digging was great, so it's not hard to imagine that a lot of clams were taken."
Simons said the midweek opening on April 20 was deliberately chosen to avoid exceeding allowable harvest levels on Twin Harbors Beach.
Results of marine toxin tests reported today have indicated that the clams on that beach are safe to eat.
Diggers are reminded that they must have their 2000-2001 licenses. To dig clams on a non-commercial basis, an annual shellfish/seaweed license costs $7 for residents age 16 to 69. For seniors age 70 and older, the annual license costs $5, which is also the cost of a combination license required for residents and non-residents age 15. For non-residents age 16 and older, the annual license costs $20. A two-day license is also available for $6 that allows residents and non-residents to dig clams as well as go fishing in fresh or salt water during a 48-hour period.
Diggers must keep the first 15 razor clams harvested, regardless of size or condition, and each digger's limit must be kept in a separate container. Diggers are advised that many small clams are showing up on the beach this spring so look for the larger "shows" or holes in the sand which usually will produce a larger clam.