The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced that razor clam diggers will be privy to a five-day dig scheduled to begin January 27 as well as a tentative dig in late February.
Both dig openings are contingent upon marine toxin tests showing that the clams are safe to eat.
For the digs scheduled at the end of the month:
–Long Beach and Twin Harbors are tentatively scheduled to open on evening tides Jan. 27-31
–Copalis and Mocrocks beaches are tentatively scheduled to open Jan. 29-31
–Olympic National Park’s Kalaloch beach has tentatively scheduled a two-day dig Jan. 30-31
Digging at all five beaches will be restricted to the hours between noon and midnight.
WDFW officials are encouraging the use of extra caution during the dark and cold winter evenings. In addition to dressing appropriately, bringing an LED flashlight or LED lantern will be an absolute necessity.
Under WDFW rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container. All diggers must have an applicable 2009-10 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.
For more information regarding dig schedules, updates, or licenses, visit the WDFW website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.
[photo: Laurel Fan]