Evening digs for razor clams scheduled

An evening razor clam dig is planned late this month, the result of marine toxin tests finding that clams at all area ocean beaches are safe to eat.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has expanded evening digs at two of those beaches – Long Beach and Twin Harbors – to run Friday through March 1.

Twin Harbors also has enough clams to add an additional evening of digging to the schedule, said Dan Ayres, WDFW’s coastal shellfish manager.

Two other beaches – Copalis and Mocrocks – will be open for evening digging Friday through Feb. 28, and Kalaloch Beach will be open the evenings of Saturday and Feb. 28.

The National Park Service scheduled the dig at Kalaloch Beach, which is within Olympic National Park, to coincide with those at other coastal beaches.

Digging will be restricted to the hours between noon and midnight at all beaches. The best time to start digging is an hour or two before low tide, said Ayres, who recommends taking a lantern for evening digs.

Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. A license is required for anyone 15 or older.