OLYMPIA - Keep your clam guns sighted in and your shovels sharpened as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) plans to open ocean beaches to razor clam digging for several days in March and April if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. WDFW will announce the results of those tests about a week before each dig is scheduled to start.

The March dig is tentatively scheduled to begin after noon Saturday, March 19 and then switch to morning hours March 20-22. Under that plan, digging will be allowed at four beaches, including Long Beach. "We are planning this opening at the time of year when the best tides for digging razor clams switch from the evening to the morning," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "It's a little tricky from a scheduling standpoint, but it does provide an opportunity for back-to-back digs the evening of Saturday, March 19, and the morning of Sunday, March 20."

Proposed digging days and low tides for March are:

Saturday, March 19, 7:04 p.m. (-0.1 ft); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.

Sunday, March 20, 7:36 a.m. (-0.5 ft); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.

Monday, March 21, 8:23 a.m. (-0.9 ft); Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Tuesday March 22, 9:12 a.m. (-1.0 ft); Long Beach, Twin Harbors

In April,WDFW plans to open Long Beach and Twin Harbors for digging April 7-9 until noon each day if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. Proposed digging days and low tides in April are:

Thursday, April 7, 9:37 a.m. (0.1 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Friday, April 8, 10:19 a.m., (0.2 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Saturday, April 9, 11:07 a.m. (0.4 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors

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