OLYMPIA - Clam diggers have the go-ahead to proceed with the second razor-clam dig of the fall season, starting Friday, Nov. 23, on evening tides at four beaches.
Evening digs are scheduled here on the Peninsula, at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks Nov. 23 and 24. One beach - Twin Harbors - will also open for additional evening digs on Nov. 25 and 26.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs at the four beaches after a series of marine toxin tests confirmed the clams were safe to eat.
"Holidays are a popular time for people to go clam digging," said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. "We're pleased the tides allowed us to offer folks this opportunity."
Digging will be restricted to the hours between noon and midnight each day at all beaches. The best time to start digging is an hour or two before low tide, said Ayres, who recommends taking a lantern for evening digs.
Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container. Clam diggers are no longer required to display their licenses on outer clothing.
A license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Any 2007 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. Descriptions of the various licensing options are available on the WDFW website at (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov).
Opening dates and evening low tides as provided by WDFW are:
? Friday, Nov. 23 (5:21 p.m. -1.3)
? Saturday, Nov. 24 (6:11 p.m. -1.7)
? Sunday, Nov. 25 (7:00 p.m. -1.8) Twin Harbors only
? Monday, Nov. 26 (7:48 p.m. -1.6) Twin Harbors only