Week-long dig set to open Saturday

Staff reportNovember 24, 2013 

Fans of razor clams will have plenty of opportunities to dig if tests show clams are safe to eat. A weeklong dig is scheduled to begin Saturday at four beaches.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, reminds diggers that digging is not allowed at any beach before noon. He added that the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide.

Here is the schedule with the low tide times and which beaches are open:

Saturday: 4:28 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Sunday: 5:13 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Monday: 5:59 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Tuesday: 6:44 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

Thursday: 8:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors.

Friday: 9:05 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors.

Dec. 7: 9:56 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors.

Additional digs have been scheduled for various beaches Dec. 14-18 and all four beaches will be open for a holiday dig Dec. 29-31. Those digs will proceed if tests show clams are safe to eat.

Kalaloch beach has not opened this season because managers with the state and Olympic National Park are concerned about low population numbers.

Under state law, diggers can only keep 15 razor clams per day and they are required to keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of the condition. Also, each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. License options, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on the department’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw. wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

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