The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is closed a mile-long section of the beach on the northwest end of the Long Beach Peninsula to keep razor clam diggers away from a beached crab boat, which is reportedly spilled diesel. The vessel was the Genesis-A out of Warrenton. WDFW is working with the Washington Department of Ecology and other agencies to free the 50-foot vessel, and hoped to remove it from the beach Saturday but did not. The WDFW says they expect to have it removed within 3 to 4 days.
The closure area started about 6.3 miles north of the Oysterville Road approach on the Pacific coast.
Friday was the first day of a three-day evening clam dig at Long Beach. WDFW is advising diggers to stay out of the closed area and avoid eating clams from that area for the next few days.
About 90 percent of the beach will remained open to digging.