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WDFW approves 7-day razor clam dig

 

November 28, 2019



Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for a seven-day opening beginning November 24.

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.

The upcoming dig is for the following dates and low tides:

· November 27, Wednesday, 7:02 p.m., -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks;

· November 28, Thursday, 7:44 pm, -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis;

· November 29, Friday, 8:29 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks;

· November 30, Saturday, 9:10 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.

No digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.

Additional safety considerations are important to those who engage in digs near dusk and at night.

WDFW is also asking for razor clam fans around the state to weigh in on the perennial question: Which is better, clam gun or shovel? To register support for a favored digging method, clam diggers can post a photo or video, complete with hashtag #TeamClamShovel or #TeamClamGun on any social media before the end of the season.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license 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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