The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced earlier this week that a series of razor clam digs have been scheduled to begin today, Friday, October 16, on a number of Washington beaches. The scheduled digs come following multiple tests confirming safe marine toxin levels in the clams.
As of today, the following beaches are approved for clam digging*:
- Twin Harbors (October 16-19)
- Long Beach (October 16-18)
- Copalis (October16-18)
- Mocrocks (October 17-18)
- Kalaloch Beach (October 17-18)
*Digging at all beaches will be restricted to the hours between noon and midnight.
Additional digs have been tentatively scheduled through January 3, 2010. The next digs are scheduled to begin on November 4, but continue to watch for updates as dates and times are subject to change.
WDFW experts say the best time to start digging is an hour or two before low tide, and also remind diggers to check weather and surf conditions before heading out. Additionally, since a majority of the scheduled dig times are after sundown, we recommend using a reliable LED lantern or LED headlamp to provide safety as well as to take advantage of optimal digging conditions.
As a reminder, harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. And any digger age 15 or older will require a license to legally hunt clams.