The next razor-clam dig will take place on three beaches Thursday-Saturday. Tests have shown the clams are safe to eat. In addition, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced tentative dates for a dig on all five beaches in February.
The next dig is scheduled to run Thursday-Saturday at Twin Harbors and Long Beach. The National Park Service also has scheduled a dig Friday and Saturday at Kalaloch, inside the Olympic National Park.
Digging at all three beaches will be restricted to the hours between noon and midnight. The February dig has been scheduled for Feb. 17 at Twin Harbors and continuing Feb. 18-19 there and at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch.
Again, no digging will be allowed before noon any of those days. The tides for the proposed digs are:
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Thursday: 6:59 p.m., -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Friday: 7:38 p.m., -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch
Saturday: 8:19 p.m., -0.6 ft.; Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch
Feb. 17: 5:53 p.m., -0.9 ft.; Twin Harbors
Feb. 18; 6:33 p.m., -0.9 ft.; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch
Feb. 19; 7:13 p.m., -0.5 ft.; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch
Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said the department will announce spring digs once staffers have assessed how many clams are available for harvest after the next two digs.
“We want to make sure we still have clams available for spring digs, when we can schedule openings on morning tides,” Ayres said in a news release.
“A lot of people look forward to digging clams on morning tides.”
Ayres said 19,000 diggers turned out to harvest razor clams on New Year’s Eve, the first day of the last three-day opening.
Despite cold, windy conditions, diggers harvested more clams than on any day this season, he said.
State rules require that harvesters take no more than 15 razor clams and keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition.
Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container. All diggers must have an applicable 2010-11 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach.
A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.
Anglers can buy a combination license or an annual shellfish/seaweed license. Also available are razor-clam only licenses in annual or three-day only versions. Descriptions of the various licensing options are available on the WDFW website at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. A list of state license vendors is available at wdfw.wa.gov/lic/vendors/vendors.htm.