Fans of razor clams will have three opportunities to dig this month, including the first dates with morning low tides. The first dig of the month begins Monday.
“We’re announcing these dates so people can make plans for digging in March,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. “The proposed digs include an opening for the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival.”
The razor clam festival is scheduled for March 20-22. The event includes cooking competitions and tastings of clam chowder and seafood entrees, an auction of decorated clam tubes and shovels, and vendor booths. The digs set for the final two days of the event will take place on morning low tides.
The three digs slated for next month are the continuation of what has been a successful and popular season so far. The first dig of the 2014-15 season took place in early October.
“Digging has been great,” Ayres said. “Even though by the end of March we will have offered 86 days of digging on both Long Beach and Twin Harbors, and a lesser number at Copalis and Mocrocks, we are still seeing a lot of interest.”
He said the Feb. 15 dig attracted more than 13,000 people to the coast, even though just Long Beach and Twin Harbors were open.
“That is the largest crowd we’ve recorded so far this season,” Ayres said.
The state still has enough clams under the quota system set with treaty tribes to offer digs in April and May.
“We should be able to announce those dates sometime soon. I expect we will likely dig until sometime in mid-May,” Ayres said.
Diggers are reminded they are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-2015 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 at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.