OLYMPIA – One final day of spring razor clam digging is set for Saturday (May 11) at Twin Harbors and Copalis beaches, after tests indicated the clams are safe to eat.
"The clams are in good condition and warmer weather is forecast, so this should be a fitting finale to the spring season," said Dan Ayres, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) razor clam biologist.
Digging will be allowed only in the morning (a.m. tide). A low tide of -0.5 feet is scheduled to occur at 6:46 a.m. on May 11.
Twin Harbors beaches include Westport, Grayland and North Cove. Copalis area beaches include Ocean Shores, Ocean City and Copalis.
The digs at the two beaches were given the go-ahead after required tests performed earlier this week by the state Department of Health determined biotoxin levels are within safe limits.
Diggers are reminded the per-person limit is the first 15 clams dug, regardless of size or condition. Each digger's limit must be kept in a separate container.
Clam diggers must have purchased a 2002-03 annual recreational license, which will remain valid through March 31, 2003, or a two-day license.
The dig was set in conjunction with the Quinault Indian Nation, which cooperatively manages the razor clam fishery with WDFW on beaches north of Grays Harbor.
Long Beach Peninsula beaches and Kalaloch beaches will be closed for digging. The Mocrocks area (Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips) will be open only to Quinault Indian Nation tribal members.