Monday, November 24, 2014

Clam diggers today got a green light to proceed with a five-day razor clam dig set to begin Friday (Oct. 4) on four ocean beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the evening dig – the second of the fall season – after marine toxin tests showed that the clams on all four beaches are safe to eat.

Four beaches will be open for digging Friday and Saturday, three will be open on Sundayand Monday, and one – Twin Harbors – will be open on Tuesday. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Dates, beaches, and evening low tides for the proposed digs are as follows:

Oct. 4, Friday, 6:56 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksOct. 5, Saturday, 7:36 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksOct. 6, Sunday, 8:17 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 7, Monday, 9:00 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksOct. 8, Tuesday, 9:48 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach an hour or two before low tide for best results.

"We have a lot of clams available for harvest this year, and a favorable weather forecast for the upcoming dig," Ayres said. "We do recommend diggers wear warm clothes and bring a lantern for these evening digs."

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