OLYMPIA - A razor-clam dig has been tentatively scheduled March 7 through 12 at one ocean beach and March 8 through 9 at another, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced.
The proposed six-day razor clam dig will open on evening tides March 7 and 8, then switch to morning tides March 9 through 12.
Twin Harbors will be open for digging on all six days, while Long Beach will open on March 8 and 9 only, once marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. Twin Harbors is the beach from the mouth of Willapa Bay in Pacific County north to the mouth of Grays Harbor.
WDFW is able to offer the March opener because blustery weather conditions caused many people to stay home from February's dig, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.
"The weather and surf conditions during the February opener were tough, so effort and catch were down considerably," Ayres said. "The good news is we have sufficient clams left to offer a dig in March."
Digs also may be scheduled in April at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis if enough clams are available for harvest, Ayres said.
Ayres reminded people that clam digs on evening tides are allowed only during the hours between noon and midnight, while each morning dig must be completed by noon.
A license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Any 2007 Washington state annual shellfish/seaweed license or combination license is still valid. Another option is a razor-clam only license available in annual or three-day only versions.
Opening dates and tides are:
? March 7, Friday, 6:21 p.m., +0.3: Twin Harbors only
? March 8, Saturday, 6:58 p.m., +0.5: Twin Harbors and Long Beach only
? March 9, Sunday, 7:28 a.m., +0.3: Twin Harbors and Long Beach only
(switch to morning tides)
? March 10, Monday, 8:12 a.m., 0.0: Twin Harbors only
? March 11, Tuesday, 8:59 a.m., -0.1: Twin Harbors only
? March 12, Wednesday, 9:51 a.m., 0.0: Twin Harbors only