September 20, 2010
Contact: Dan Ayres (WDFW), 360-249-4628 ext. 209
Barb Maynes (ONP), 360-565-3005
First razor-clam dig of the season
tentatively scheduled next month
OLYMPIA – The first razor-clam dig of the season is tentatively scheduled to begin early next month on five ocean beaches, with additional digs planned through the New Year’s holiday weekend.
In announcing the initial digging schedule, fishery managers emphasized that final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat.
“As in years past, we are announcing the proposed digging schedule so people can start making plans,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “But no dig is confirmed until we announce the results of the toxin tests.”
For the first opening, Twin Harbors is scheduled to open for four days of razor-clam digging Oct. 7-10, with additional harvest opportunities planned Oct. 8-9 at Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch.
The National Park Serve scheduled the dig at Kalaloch Beach, which is located within the Olympic National Park, to coincide with those at Mocrocks and Copalis beaches.
No digging will be allowed before noon on any of the five razor-clam beaches.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2010-11 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
Ayres said clam digging should be good this season, although diggers should expect to encounter higher numbers of smaller clams than last year. To prevent wastage, state law requires diggers to keep the first 15 razor clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.
“The good news is that the smaller clams will continue to grow through the season,” he said. “In the meantime, diggers will likely be taking home some three-inch clams along with larger clams as part of their daily limit.”
Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin urged diggers to take safety precautions during night digs, especially at Kalaloch.
“Kalaloch is considerably more remote than the other clamming beaches, and visitors should be prepared for primitive conditions,” she said. “With no streetlights or lighted buildings in the area, flashlights or lanterns are a necessity.”
Ayres also advised diggers heading to Copalis and Mocrocks of a traffic revision on eastbound U.S. Highway 101 in Hoquiam due to emergency work on the Simpson Avenue Bridge.
“This is the only route to those beaches, so people should allow extra travel time to make sure they don’t arrive late,” Ayres said. He advises diggers to check the Washington Department of Transportation website for updated information at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/us101/simpsonbridgepierrepair/.
Below is the schedule of proposed razor-clam digs, along with evening low tides, announced by WDFW and Olympic National Park:
- Oct. 7, Thurs. – 6:55 p.m. (-1.0 ft.), Twin Harbors
- Oct. 8, Fri. – 7:42 p.m. (-1.4 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
- Oct. 9, Sat. – 8:28 p.m. (-1.5 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
- Oct. 10, Sun. – 9:15 p.m. (-1.3 ft.), Twin Harbors
- Nov. 5, Fri. – 6:41 p.m., (-1.4 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
- Nov. 6, Sat. – 7:26 p.m., (-1.6 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
- Nov. 7, Sun. – 7:11 p.m., (-1.5 ft.), Twin Harbors
- Nov. 8, Mon. – 7:55 p.m., (-1.2 ft.), Twin Harbors
- Nov. 20, Sat. – 5:39 p.m., (-0.4 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- Nov. 21, Sun. – 6:17 p.m., (-0.7 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors
- Dec. 3, Fri. – 4:43 p.m., (-0.8 ft.), Twin Harbors
- Dec. 4, Sat. – 5:59 p.m., (-1.2 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
- Dec. 5, Sun. – 6:14 p.m., (-1.3 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
- Dec. 6, Mon. – 6:56 p.m., (-1.2 ft.), Twin Harbors
- Dec. 31, Fri. – 3:40 p.m., (0 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
- Jan. 1, Sat. – 4:31 p.m., (-0.4 ft.), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
- Jan. 2, Sun. – 5:18 p.m., (-0.7 ft.), Twin Harbors