WDFW approves first razor clam digs of the decade


January 9, 2020

Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for seven days of digging beginning Jan. 8.

State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:

 January 8, Wednesday, 5:05 pm -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks;

· January 9, Thursday, 5:47 pm -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis;

· January 10, Friday, 6:29 pm -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks;

· January 11, Saturday, 7:11 pm -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis;

· January 12, Sunday, 7:53 pm -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks;

· January 13, Monday, 8:36 pm -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis;

· January 14, Tuesday, 9:20 pm -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

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

WDFW is asking 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 spring season.\

For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through February, see their razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#current. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing. Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

Additional safety considerations are important this time of year. Diggers should come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly at this time of year when low tides come at dusk and after dark.

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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