Ringing in the new year while digging clams on the Washington coast is a tradition for some Northwest families.
“Fortunately, the tides allowed us to keep that tradition alive this year,” said Dan Ayres, shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The first dig of 2014 starts Sunday afternoon and continues through Jan. 5 at four beaches.
Twin Harbors will be open for digging for the entire 8-day dig. Long Beach and Mocrocks will be open Sunday-Jan. 4. Copalis is open Sunday-Tuesday and Jan. 4.
Diggers are limited to the first 15 razor clams that find and must have the appropriate permits. They are not permitted to dig before noon and each individual must keep their clams in separate containers.
The evening low tides are 4:05 p.m. Sunday, 4:55 Monday, 5:42 Tuesday, 6:29 Wednesday, 7:15 Thursday, 8 Jan. 3, 8:45 Jan. 4 and 9:31 Jan. 5.
For more information, go to wdfw.wa.gov.Staff report