Clam diggers got the go-ahead Wednesday from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to take part in a four-day razor-clam dig on coastal beaches over the New Year's holiday.
Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch beaches will be open for clam digging Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
All those beaches except Kalaloch also will be open Jan. 2. Twin Harbors will open for a fourth evening of digging Jan. 3.
Digging will be restricted to between noon and midnight.
Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
A license is required for anyone 15 or older. Any 2009 annual shellfish/seaweed license or combination fishing license is still valid. Another option is a razor-clam only license available in annual or three-day-only versions. Descriptions of the various options are at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.
Additional digging dates will be announced in January, following review of harvest data, according to the WDFW.