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Pre-holiday clam dig approved

The state Department of Fish & Wildlife has approved a pre-holiday razor clam dig beginning today (Nov. 20) and running through Nov. 26.

“Diggers can fill their buckets right up until the holiday,” said Dan Ayres, Fish & Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

The department approved of the pre-holiday dig after marine toxin test results showed the clams are safe to eat. A tentative dig in December will be approved if marine toxin tests are favorable.

Ayres noted that diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig under state law. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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.

Digging days and evening tides during the upcoming opening are:

Nov. 20, Thursday: 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 21, Friday: 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Nov. 22, Saturday: 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

Nov. 23, Sunday: 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Nov. 24, Monday: 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 25, Tuesday: 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 26, Wednesday: 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dates for the tentative dig in December are as follows:

Dec. 3, Wednesday: 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 4, Thursday: 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 5, Friday: 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 6, Saturday: 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

Dec. 7, Sunday: 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 8, Monday: 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 9, Tuesday: 8:21 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

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