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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


September 27, 2001
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628
Craig Bartlett, (360) 902-2259

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Ocean sport razor clam season opens Oct. 16, 2001

MONTESANO The fall recreational razor clam season is scheduled to open Oct. 16 at four ocean beaches, followed by a series of additional digging opportunities planned through New Year's Day, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Additional openings in 2002 will be announced in early January after the agency has had a chance to assess the mid-season harvest, said Dan Ayres, WDFW razor clam biologist.

Ayres said he expects some "great digging" this season, noting that the coastwide recreational allocation of 5.26 million clams is nearly twice that of any of the previous five years.

"The same ocean conditions that produced the huge salmon returns this year have also produced an abundance of razor clams on most beaches," Ayres said. "We do have more small clams than usual this year, but that also puts us in good shape for future years."

Pending the results of marine toxin tests, the first razor clam dig of the new season will begin at noon Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches. Another dig is scheduled at the same time and on the same beaches Thursday, Oct. 18, followed by a third dig Saturday, Oct. 20, which will also include Kalaloch Beach.

Ayres said the October opener sets the pattern for those that follow: Digging will be allowed only on afternoon (p.m.) tides and all beaches with the exception of Kalaloch will open simultaneously to avoid confusion.

"Kalaloch has an exceptional number of small clams this year, so we have restricted openings there to allow those clams to grow," Ayres said. He reminds clam diggers that they are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig, regardless of size or condition, on all coastal beaches.

Ayres said this year's digging schedule is similar to last year's and reflects public comments received via the Internet and at a series of meetings held in five coastal communities earlier this month.

"Generally people told us that they wanted to reserve a sufficient number of clams to have a longer season in the spring," Ayres said. "Even so, we have enough clams to provide digging opportunities in each of the next four months."

Scheduled openings all contingent on the results of marine toxin tests are listed below along with low tides for those dates:

  • October 16 (6:59 p.m. -0.8) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • October 18 (8:33 p.m. -1.2), Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • October 20 (10:05 p.m. -0.1) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
  • November 13 (4:54 p.m. -0.4) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • November 15 (6:29 p.m. -1.2) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • November 16 (7:14 p.m. -1.1) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • November 17 (7:57 p.m. -0.9) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
  • December 13 (5:27 p.m. -0.6) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • December 14 (6:13 p.m. -0.7) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • December 15 (6:56 p.m. -0.7) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
  • December 30 (6:40 p.m. -0.8) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • December 31 (7:24 p.m. -1.0) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • January 1 (8:09 p.m. -1.0) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Ayres reminds prospective clam diggers that they must have a valid shellfish/seaweed license, combination license or two-day license to harvest shellfish. For licensing information, see the WDFW Fishing in Washington pamphlet, which is available online.

CALENDAR OF BEACH OPENINGS (noon to midnight)

Beach Areas Oct. 16
Tuesday
Oct 18
Thursday
Oct. 20
Saturday
Nov. 13
Tuesday
Nov. 15
Thursday
Nov. 16
Friday
Nov. 17
Saturday
Long Beach OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN
Twin Harbors OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN
Copalis/Ocean Shores OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN
Moclips/Iron Springs Pacific Beach OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN
Kalaloch CLOSED CLOSED OPEN CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED OPEN

Beach Areas Dec. 13
Thursday
Dec. 14
Friday
Dec. 15
Saturday
Dec. 30
Sunday
Dec. 31
Monday
Jan. 1
Tuesday
Long Beach OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN
Twin Harbors OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN
Copalis/Ocean Shores OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN
Moclips/Iron Springs Pacific Beach OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN OPEN
Kalaloch CLOSED CLOSED OPEN CLOSED CLOSED CLOSED