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Clam days attract a crowd

Published on November 7, 2017 2:20PM

Razor clam diggers enjoyed beautiful skies and decent weather last Thursday and Friday. A torrential rainstorm put a damper on the harvest Saturday night. An estimated 4,680 diggers harvested nearly 70,000 clams Thursday on the Long Beach Peninsula, an average of nearly complete 15-clam limits for everyone. On Friday, nearly 6,900 diggers harvested about 84,600 clams, or 12.3 apiece. Digging sagged Saturday to about 2,800, who harvested 39,000 clams — 13.9 apiece. So far this season, Peninsula diggers have harvested 36.4 percent of the total allowable catch established by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for this area of the coast. Digging has been slightly less successful in the Twin Harbors digging area between the mouths of Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor, from which 27.6 percent of this season’s clams have been harvested thus far. The Long Beach Peninsula’s harvest total in October and November now stands at 317,559, 44 percent of the coast-wide total.

AMY NILE/Chinook Observer

Razor clam diggers enjoyed beautiful skies and decent weather last Thursday and Friday. A torrential rainstorm put a damper on the harvest Saturday night. An estimated 4,680 diggers harvested nearly 70,000 clams Thursday on the Long Beach Peninsula, an average of nearly complete 15-clam limits for everyone. On Friday, nearly 6,900 diggers harvested about 84,600 clams, or 12.3 apiece. Digging sagged Saturday to about 2,800, who harvested 39,000 clams — 13.9 apiece. So far this season, Peninsula diggers have harvested 36.4 percent of the total allowable catch established by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for this area of the coast. Digging has been slightly less successful in the Twin Harbors digging area between the mouths of Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor, from which 27.6 percent of this season’s clams have been harvested thus far. The Long Beach Peninsula’s harvest total in October and November now stands at 317,559, 44 percent of the coast-wide total.

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