OLYMPIA — State shellfish managers on Tuesday gave a green light for six days of razor clam digging on the Long Beach Peninsula after tests found the clams are safe to eat. The Peninsula’s daily limit is being increased to 25 clams.
This means the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival will be able to proceed as planned this weekend, starting with clam-digging lessons Saturday at 6:45 a.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. at the Bolstad Pavilion near the north end of the boardwalk.
Many other events are planned, including clam-related contests Saturday 8 a.m. to noon at Long Beach Dennis Company, clam chowder contests for amateurs and professionals Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Long Beach Elks Lodge, and a clam fritter cook-off Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park just east of the police station between Pacific Avenue and Oregon Street.
For complete event listings, see longbeachrazorclamfestival.com.
State shellfish managers agreed to increase the daily limit to 25 for this dig at Long Beach, which has been closed much of the razor clam season due to elevated marine toxin levels, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.
“We wanted to provide diggers with some additional opportunity at Long Beach since we know there are plenty of clams there for harvest,” Ayres said.
Recent tests found domoic toxin levels at all Washington ocean beaches met health standards, but the Washington Department of Health asked for one more test to be sure, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. That new set of samples taken last Sunday all came back within safe limits of 19 parts per million or less.
The dig, along with morning low tides and beaches, is listed below:
• April 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m., -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
• April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m., -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach
• April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m., -1.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach
• April 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m., -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long Beach
• April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m., -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long Beach
• May 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m., -0.8 feet; Long Beach
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 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 fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.