WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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April 25, 2014
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628

Eight days of razor clam digging
begins Sunday, April 27

OLYMPIA - State shellfish managers today approved a series of razor clam digs beginning Sunday, April 27, at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved digs at those two beaches each morning through May 4. Mocrocks beach also is open to razor clam digging May 2 through May 4.

WDFW gave the OK for the series of digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, noted that more razor clam digs could be announced for mid-May.

"We'll look at harvest levels after these upcoming digs are finished and determine whether we have enough clams to offer more opportunities in May," he said.

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Apr. 27, Sunday, 5:53 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Apr. 28, Monday, 6:39 a.m., -0.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Apr. 29, Tuesday, 7:22 a.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • Apr. 30, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • May 01, Thursday, 8:43 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
  • May 02, Friday, 9:23 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • May 03, Saturday, 10:04 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • May 04, Sunday, 10:47 a.m., 0.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person's daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

Clam diggers and other beachgoers should avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, said Brock Hoenes, WDFW wildlife biologist. The small white birds, which nest on the state's coastal beaches from April through August, are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.

Hoenes noted snowy plovers - and their eggs - are extremely vulnerable at this time of year because the birds nest in dry sand.

"We urge clam diggers to be careful when driving on the beach or walking through the dunes," he said. "Under state law, all vehicles are required to travel along the extreme upper limit of the hard sand. When in doubt, follow the path marked by multiple tire tracks."

Hoenes also asks that diggers avoid signed upland beach areas at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers. At Long Beach, the closed area is located north of Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point. At Twin Harbors, the closed area is located just south of Cranberry Beach Road and continues south for approximately 1.5 miles.

Razor clam diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on state beaches. Fishing licenses of various kinds are available on the department's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

For updates on upcoming digs, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html