Even as the last razor clam dig of 2012 is under way, people can start making plans for the first digs of 2013.
The current dig continues today and ends Monday at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis areas. The low tide today is -0.2 feet at 7:47 p.m., while on Monday is will be 0 feet at 8:20 p.m.
No digging will be allowed at any of those beaches until after noon. The best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide.
“Razor clam digging on New Year’s Eve has become a tradition for many Washingtonians,” Dan Ayres, state coastal shellfish manager, said in a prepared statement. “The tides aren’t conducive to a holiday dig every year, but they’re with us this year.”
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In the past, as many as 20,000 people have come to the ocean beaches to dig razor clams on New Year’s Eve, he added.
Looking ahead, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has tentatively scheduled digs in January and February.
The beaches in the Kalaloch area remain closed over concerns about low clam populations.
The upcoming digs will proceed if tests for marine toxins show the clams are safe to eat. Information about both confirmed and tentative digs are available at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.
Clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 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 at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.