Due to the federal shutdown, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has canceled three razor clam digs at Kalaloch Beach previously scheduled for this Saturday through Monday, Jan. 19-21.
“We are closing Kalaloch Beach to razor clam digging in response to a request by Olympic National Park,” said Dan Ayres, state coastal shellfish manager. “Olympic National Park staff are not available to help ensure a safe and orderly opening in the area.”
Fish and Wildlife and the Olympic National Park will consider alternate days to make up for the lost days, according to a Fish and Wildlife statement.
Digs at three other beaches, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis, will proceed as planned, said Ayres. State shellfish managers approved those digs on evening low tides last week after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.
The following beaches, dates, and evening low tides remain open to razor clamming:
• Today; 3:39 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
• Friday; 4:30 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
• Saturday; 5:18 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
• Sunday; 6:05 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
• Monday; 6:51 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks