Coastal razor clam season ends soon

The last coastal razor clam dig of the season will be March 16 to 18 - if marine toxin tests show that the clams are safe to eat.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will release test results about a week before the dig is scheduled to start.

Different beaches will open for evening digs on different days.

These beaches will open for digging between noon and midnight on the following days:

n March 16: Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks. Low tide is 5:31 p.m.

n March 17: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch. Low tide is 6:16 p.m.

n March 18: Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch. Low tide is 6:58 p.m.

The best clamming is about an hour before low tide.

The Ocean Shores Chamber of Commerce is planning a razor clam festival March 17. Call 360-289-2451 or go to www.oceanshores.org for information on the festival, which includes chowder cook-offs and live music,

A license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Any 2006 annual shellfish/seaweed, razor clam or combination license is still valid.

Licenses can be purchased on the Internet at fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, by telephone at 866-246-9453 or in person at more than 600 license vendors throughout the state. For a list of vendors, go to wdfw.wa.gov/lic/vendors/vendors.