Earlier this week the WDFW gave the go-ahead to a six-day coastal razor clam dig that’s set to start on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Those digs were approved following marine toxin testing that confirmed the clams are safe for human consumption.
“Weather and surf during our last opener dissuaded many from participating,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, in a press release. “The good news is that this means there are still a great many clams out there for this and future digs.”
The upcoming digs are approved for the following beaches, dates and low tides:
• January 21, Tuesday, 4:23 p.m. -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
• January 22, Wednesday, 5:10 p.m. -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
• January 23, Thursday, 5:53 p.m. -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
• January 24, Friday, 6:32 p.m. -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
• January 25, Saturday, 7:08 p.m. -0.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
• January 26, Sunday, 7:42 p.m. -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
With evening tides in play no digging will be allowed on any beach prior to noon. That means that diggers should come prepared to battle both the cold and darkness as they chase the succulent bivalves and dodge the tide.
“Diggers want to be sure to come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly at this time of year when low tides come at dusk and after dark,” said Ayres. “Diggers can also start gathering clams an hour or two before the tide, which on some days allows folks to enjoy daylight for most of their time on the beach.”
All diggers age 15 and up are required to possess a fishing license and each person is limited to 15 clams per day. Anyone hauling clams must dig their own harvest and carry their quarry in a personal container. Additionally, any clam that’s dug must be kept regardless of size or condition.