Washington: Additional Clam Digs Scheduled

Additional winter razor-clams digs have been approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the first of which that will include a dig beginning Thursday, Dec. 11. Digs are also scheduled for January and February.

According to WDFW, four evening digs will take place at Copalis and Mocrocks Dec. 11-14; Long Beach and Twin Harbors will host three evening digs Dec. 12-14. Digging is restricted to the hours between noon and midnight. For best results, WDFW recommends that people start digging at least one hour before low tide.

Visit the WDFW web site for a complete schedule of winter digs.

The digs were approved at the four beaches after a series of marine toxin tests confirmed the clams were safe to eat, says WDFW.

Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park will remain closed through the winter but may open in spring 2009 if the clam population grows to harvestable size.

Clam limits are set at 15 per person–the first 15 regardless of size or condition.  Each digger must keep his or her clams in a separate container.

Additionally, any digger over the age of 14 must have a valid license.  A number of licensing options are available, so visit fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov for more information.

WDFW officials suggest that clam diggers take lights and lanterns with them in order to take advantage of evening tides. They also recommend checking weather and surf forecasts.


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