The state approved five evening razor clam digs, which began Monday. There were no digs Dec. 24-25, but they will resume today through Sunday, Dec. 29.
“We avoided scheduling a dig on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, as we have found that past participation on those days is really light,” Department of Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager Dan Ayres said. “We are hoping more people will be able to participate by extending the dig further into the next weekend instead.”
Ayres notes low tides around New Year’s are not low enough for successful razor clam harvest, so digging will not be open then.
The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:
• Dec. 26, Thursday, 6:47 p.m., -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
• Dec. 27, Friday, 7:26 p.m., -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
• Dec. 28, Saturday, 8:05 p.m., -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
• Dec. 29, Sunday, 8:43 p.m., -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
No digging is allowed before noon when low tide occurs in the evening.
The next tentative dig, dependent on marine toxin tests usually made available the week before, is set to start Jan. 8. For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through February, go to wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#current.