OLYMPIA – Clam diggers today got the go-ahead to proceed with the first razor-clam dig of the fall season starting Thursday, Oct. 25. Additional digging opportunities are planned through the end of December.
Four evening digs are scheduled at Twin Harbors Oct. 25-28, while Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks are scheduled for two evening digs Oct. 26 and 27.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs at the four beaches after a series of marine toxin tests confirmed the clams were safe to eat.
Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park will remain closed throughout the 2007-08 season, due to the low clam population on that beach.
“Razor clam populations declined at Long Beach and Mocrocks, but increased on the middle coast,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. “This will likely mean more digging opportunities at Twin Harbors and Copalis during the 2007-08 season.”
Digging will be restricted to the hours between noon and midnight each day at all beaches. The best time to start digging is an hour or two before low tide, said Ayres, who recommends taking a lantern for evening digs.
Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Clam diggers are no longer required to display their licenses on outer clothing.
A license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Any 2007 annual shellfish/seaweed license or combination license is still valid. Another option is a razor-clam only license available in annual or three-day only versions. Descriptions of the various licensing options are available on the WDFW website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.
Opening dates and evening low tides are:
- Thursday, Oct. 25 (6:38 p.m. –1.1) Twin Harbors only
- Friday, Oct. 26 (7:26 p.m. -1.7) all beaches (except Kalaloch)
- Saturday, Oct. 27 (8:14 p.m. -1.9) all beaches (except Kalaloch)
- Sunday, Oct. 28 (9:03 p.m. -1.8) Twin Harbors only
Beaches scheduled to open are:
- Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.
- Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the mouth of Grays Harbor.
- Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor North Jetty to the Copalis River, and includes beaches near Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut and Ocean City.
- Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.