Friday, July 25, 2014

State fishery managers have approved an evening razor clam dig Feb. 23-24 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the evening dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat.

No digging will be allowed at either beach before noon.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the dig will be limited to Twin Harbors and Long Beach, the two ocean beaches with the most clams available for harvest.

Evening low tides for those two beaches are as follows:

·         Feb. 23, Saturday, 5:12 p.m., +0.3 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors

·         Feb. 24, Sunday, 5:47 p.m., +0.1 ft., Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Ayres noted that the best digging occurs one to two hours prior to low tide.

By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW's website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

Information about the location of Washington's razor clam beaches, as well as current and proposed digs, is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

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