Razor clam digs cleared to start Sunday

A week’s worth of razor clam digs will begin Sunday (Nov. 24) on ocean beaches, just in time for Thanksgiving.

“It’s great to find time for digs over the Thanksgiving holiday, ” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager in a news release. “Razor clams are a great addition to your feast, and it’s fun to bring guests from out of state along for a distinctive Washington experience.”

Marine toxin tests showed that the clams are safe to eat. The digs will be on the following beaches at evening low tides:

  • Sunday (Nov. 24): 4:47 p.m., -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.
  • Monday (Nov. 25): 5:34 p.m., -1.0 feet; Long Beach Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.
  • Tuesday (Nov. 26): 6:18 p.m., -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.
  • Wednesday (Nov. 27): 7:02 p.m., -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.
  • Thursday (Nov. 28): 7:44 p.m., -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.
  • Friday (Nov. 29): 8:29 p.m., -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.
  • Saturday (Nov. 30): 9:10 p.m., -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis.

The release warns diggers to be extra careful during evening digs.

“Diggers want to be sure to 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,” Ayres said.

A list of proposed December razor clam digs at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches can be found online at tinyurl.com/WDFWClamDigs. Those digs will depend on future toxins tests.

As usual, the WDFW would like to remind diggers of the following rules: “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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