December 30, 1999
Contact: Doug Simon, (360) 249-1204
Ocean beaches scheduled to open for more razor clam digging
MONTESANO---Three ocean beaches are scheduled to open for recreational razor clam digging in January, and additional openings are planned at two of those beaches in February, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
Doug Simons, regional WDFW razor clam manager, said thousands of clammers turned out for the five-day opening just before Christmas and most got their 15-clam daily limit. The additional openings announced today reflect the department's effort to provide more opportunities for clamming during the winter months, he said.
"People told us at a series of public meetings last fall that they wanted more winter openings, and we're trying to provide them with those opportunities," Simons said. "The response has really been tremendous."
Simons said the Department of Health will continue testing for marine toxins through the proposed harvest period, but that levels of domoic acid have remained low at all of the beaches opened in December. Barring any significant change in test results, digging will be allowed on the following dates and beaches:
Digging will be confined to the hours between noon and midnight. Diggers are reminded that they must take the first 15 clams they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger's clams must be in a separate container and no digging is allowed in the three-quarter mile reserves marked with orange poles and signs.
- Long Beach will be open Jan. 20, 21 and 22 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and again on Feb. 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday).
- Twin Harbors Beach including North Cove, Grayland and Westport areas will also be open Jan. 20, 21 and 22 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) and again on Feb. 19 and 20 (Saturday and Sunday).
- Copalis Beach, which includes Ocean Shores, Ocean City and Copalis, will open on Saturday, Jan. 22 only.
Two beaches areas will remain closed during the winter months, but may reopen for spring digging, Simons said. Closed beaches include Kalaloch and the area known as Mocrocks, which includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt, Pacific Beach and Moclips.