OLYMPIA – The last round of razor clam digs of the year will start as planned Friday (Dec. 8) on three ocean beaches, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
Tests conducted by the Washington Department of Health indicate that marine toxin levels remain low on all affected beaches, clearing the way for clam digging at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch.
Long Beach and Twin Harbors – which includes Westport, Grayland and North Cove – will be open to digging from noon to midnight Friday (Dec. 8), Saturday (Dec. 9) and Wednesday (Dec. 13).
Kalaloch will be open on the same noon-to-midnight schedule starting Friday (Dec. 8) through Thursday (Dec. 14). Digging at Kalaloch will be allowed between South Beach Campground and Brown's Point, just south of Beach Trail 3.
Most diggers try to begin their trip one to one and a half hours before low tide, said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish biologist.
"Low tides in the early evening should allow diggers an opportunity to do some digging before dark, said Ayres, noting that any additional clamming opportunities after the New Year will be announced after analysis of the December harvest data.
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 three quarter-mile-wide razor clam reserves, which are marked by 10-foot orange metal poles with signs. The reserves are located just south of the Ocean City approach on Copalis; at the county line approach on Twin Harbors Beach; and 2.8 miles north of the Oysterville approach on Long Beach.
Diggers are reminded that they must have their 2000 licenses, as described in the WDFW Fishing in Washington pamphlet.