Put down your fishing knife and pick up your bucket! According to a department press release last week, the WDFW approved a series of evening clam digs along Washington’s coastal beaches, starting Friday, December 31 and lasting until Sunday, January 2. The three-day dig will take place at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch, from noon to midnight each day.
New Year’s clam digging has been a tradition in Washington for years, with up to 22,000 razor-clam diggers flocking to Washington beaches during previous year’s events.
“We’re pleased that the tides have allowed us to offer another holiday dig this year,” said WDFW coastal shellfish manager Dan Ayres. “Next year they’ll be too high to offer any kind of digging opportunities over New Year’s.”
There are a few rules regarding clam digging. According to the WDFW regulations, participants may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, no matter their condition. Diggers over the age of 15 must also possess a license. Licenses are available online at http://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, by calling 1-866-246-9453, or at one of the many license vendors around the state.
Clam-digging is fun for all ages, but participants should take caution, especially when digging at night or in remote locations. While traditional fishing equipment is unnecessary, diggers should remember to always carry appropriate first aid equipment, plenty of food and water, warm clothes, and a high-quality LED flashlight.
“Visitors should be prepared for primitive conditions,” Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin said. “With no streetlights or lighted buildings in the area, flashlights or lanterns are a necessity.”
For more information on the New Year’s Eve clam dig, contact Dan Ayres at 360-249-4628.