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First fall razor clam dig Oct. 25

Diggers, start your shovels!

The first razor clam dig of the fall starts Oct. 25 - if marine toxin tests show that the clams are safe to eat, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Thousands of eager diggers jam onto coastal beaches for every razor clam season.

Evening digs are scheduled at Twin Harbors on Oct. 25 through 28. Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks will have evening digs Oct. 26 and 27. Kalaloch will remain closed throughout the 2007-08 clam season.

Razor clam populations are on the increase at Twin Harbors and Copalis, but are declining at Long Beach and Mocrocks.

The worst decline is at Kalaloch, which is why no digging will happen there this season, said Dan Ayres, Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

"Unfortunately the numbers are so low at Kalaloch that no recreational digging will be allowed this season," Ayres said in a Fish and Wildlife press release.

A public meeting to discuss the Kalaloch clam decline is scheduled for Oct. 16 in Forks. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the University of Washington's Olympic Natural Resources Center, 1445 S. Forks Ave.

The best time to dig razor clams is an hour or so before low tide. Evening low tides are at:

6:38 p.m. Oct. 25.

7:26 p.m. Oct. 26.

8:14 p.m. Oct. 27.

9:03 p.m. Oct. 28.

Diggers should bring lanterns for these evening digs.

Diggers are limited to the first 15 razor clams that they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

A license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Any 2007 annual shellfish/seaweed license or combination license is still valid. Another option is a razor-clam only license available in annual or three-day only versions.

Descriptions of the various licensing options are available at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov. Clam diggers are no longer required to display their licenses on outer clo thing.

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