WDFW approves 7-days of razor clam digging beginning March 16

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Contact: Dan Ayres, 360-249-4628 ext. 209

Public Affairs Contact: Mark Yuasa, 360-902-2262

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OLYMPIA – Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today confirmed the next round of digging can proceed as planned from March 16-22.

"We know that many harvesters look forward to morning digs and they’ll find a lot of nice clams waiting for them when we make the switch to morning tides on March 20,” said Dan Ayres, the WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

Digging is allowed from 12:00 PM through 11:59 PM only:

  • March 16, Wednesday, 6:35 PM; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 17, Thursday, 7:08 PM; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 18, Friday, 7:41 PM; +0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 19, Saturday, 8:14 PM; +0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

Digging is allowed from 12:00 AM through 11:59 AM only:

  • March 20, Sunday, 8:46 AM; +0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • March 21, Monday, 9:30 AM; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • March 22, Tuesday, 10:18 AM; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Details on these and future digs can be found at wdfw.wa.gov/razorclams.

Shellfish and seafood enthusiasts can also make plans attend the Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival on March 18-20.

Under state law, a daily limit consists of the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition, and each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. The most successful digging occurs between one and two hours before the listed time of low tide.

Not all beaches are open for every dig, so diggers are encouraged to make sure their intended destination is open before heading out. Diggers should also continue to respect coastal communities and residents by following local and state health guidelines.

With spring quickly approaching, Washingtonians should consider purchasing 2022-2023 recreational hunting and fishing licenses before current licenses expire after March 31. Anyone gathering clams in April will need a new 2022-2023 license to participate. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.

To learn more about razor clam abundance, population densities at various beaches, and how seasons are set, visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#management.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect, and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation.