PENINSULA - The next recreational razor clam dig is tentatively scheduled Dec. 10-12 on evening tides.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will decide whether to proceed with the dig in early December after reviewing the results of marine toxin tests indicating whether the clams on individual beaches are safe to eat.
The first series of tests, on Nov. 23, found safe levels on the Peninsula of 2 to 3 parts per million, well below the 20 ppm level at which clam seasons are canceled.
That decision will be announced on the http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/ website, on the WDFW Shellfish Rule Change Hotline (866-880-5431) and through statewide news media.
Low tides (as computed by WDFW) during the tentative opening are as follows:
Dec. 10: 5:12 p.m., -0.7 ft.
Dec. 11: 6:01 p.m., -1.2 ft.
Dec. 12: 6:49 p.m., -1.5 ft.
As with the first two digs of the fall season, no digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.
Prospective diggers are reminded anyone age 15 or older is required to have a valid license to dig razor clams. Any 2004 annual shellfish/seaweed license purchased since April 1 is still valid.
Those without a valid license are strong encouraged to purchase on before leaving home to avoid long lines that often form at coastal license dealers during a dig.
Since low tides will take place after sundown, it is highly suggested that diggers carry flashlights or lanterns and dig in areas they are familiar with, so as they don't get lost in the dark on the beach.