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Clam digs scheduled for March, mid-April

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled razor clam digs on ocean beaches for late this month and in mid-April. The digs will proceed if results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat.

The first dig is scheduled for March 26 to April 1.

Prospective diggers should note this dig will start on evening tides, then switch to morning tides for the final four days, Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said in a news release. Digging will be allowed after noon for the first three days of the opening, but will then switch to morning hours starting March 29.

Here are the tentative days, tides and beach openings for this month’s dig are:

March 26, (4:29 p.m., +0.1 feet) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch

March 27, (5:19 p.m., -0.1 feet) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch

March 28, (6:04 p.m., 0 feet) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

March 29, (6:35 a.m., -0.1 feet) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

March 30, (7:22 a.m., -0.7 feet) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

March 31, (8:07 a.m., -1.0 feet) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

April 1, (8:52 a.m., -1.0 feet) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

The annual Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival is scheduled to correspond with the March 27 dig on Copalis Beach. To learn more, go to www.oceanshores.org/clams.html.

Ayres said another dig has been tentatively set or morning tides in mid-April on the following days and beaches:

April 16, (8:32 a.m., -0.7 feet) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

April 17, (9:12 a.m., -0.7 feet) Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch only

April 18, (9:56 a.m., -0.6 feet) Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch only

Any 2009-10 annual shellfish/seaweed license or combination license is valid through March 31. However, a new license will be required for anyone age 15 or older to participate in the April dig. Descriptions of the various licensing options are available at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.

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