OLYMPIA — Razor clam diggers can return to various ocean beaches — but not Long Beach/Ocean Park — for a four-day opening beginning Dec. 6.
State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.
The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides:
• Dec. 6, Thursday, 6:01 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
• Dec. 7, Friday, 6:40 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
• Dec. 8, Saturday, 7:16 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
• Dec. 9, Sunday, 7:53 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
“Twin Harbors” is the beach from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to Westport.
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.
Diggers want to be sure to come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly in the fall when the best low tides come after dark, he added.
WDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig for Dec. 20-23, pending results of future toxin tests. More information on planned digs can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2018-19 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.
Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.