The next razor clam dig will start Monday at Twin Harbors and expand to include three other ocean beaches over the next week. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife this afternoon approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.
No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon. The best digging takes place one-two hours before low tide.Here is the schedule and low tide times:
Monday: 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors.
Tuesday: 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.
April 16: 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.
April 17: 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach.
April 18: 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks.
April 19: 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.
April 20: 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks.Diggers can take a maximum of 15 razor clams a day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.
The upcoming dig will coincide with two beachside events. The second annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival (http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/) is scheduled April 19-20, and Washington Coast Cleanup Day (http://www.coastsavers.org/) is set for April 19.
After this set of digs, state shellfish managers will analyze harvest data and propose additional digging dates in the weeks ahead, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager.
“This year’s season is nearing the end, but we’re not there yet,” he said. “We hope to offer more digging days into May.”