Washington State fishery managers have approved an end-of-the-year razor clam dig over four evenings, leading up to and including New Year's Eve. They also announced a tentative schedule for additional digs in 2013, subject to prior testing for marine toxins.
Information about both confirmed and tentative digs are available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.
The upcoming dig will begin Dec. 28 after noon at Twin Harbors and expand to include three other ocean beaches through Dec. 31.
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed the dig after marine toxin tests at all four beaches confirmed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed at any of those beaches until after noon.
"Razor clam digging on New Year's Eve has become a tradition for many Washingtonians," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "The tides aren't conducive to a holiday dig every year, but they're with us this year."
In past years, as many as 20,000 people have descended on ocean beaches to dig razor clams on New Year's Eve, Ayres said.
The following beaches will be open for digging on the following schedule and evening low tides:
· Dec. 28, Friday, 6:42 p.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
· Dec. 29, Saturday, 7:15 p.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
· Dec. 30, Sunday, 7:47 p.m., -0.2 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis,
· Dec. 31, Monday, 8:20 p.m., 0.0 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
Ayres noted that the best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide.