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WDFW approves three-day razor clam dig

 

January 31, 2019



Razor clam diggers can return to various ocean beaches for a three-day opening beginning Friday, Feb. 1.

State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) 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:

Feb. 1; Friday; 4:48 p.m .; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis

Feb. 2; Saturday; 5:28 p.m .; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Feb. 3, Sunday; 6:04 p.m .; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.

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 (starting at $9.70) 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.

 

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