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First April Clam Dig Approved

April 4, 2013

A 6 day razor clam dig has been approved, starting next week on Twin Harbors.

State shellfish managers approved the morning clam dig that will run April 9-14 at Twin Harbors beach and April 12-14 at Long Beach, Copalis, and Mocrocks beaches.

No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.

Digging dates, along with morning low tides, at the four beaches are as follows:

April 9, Tues., 6:39 a.m., 0.0 ft., Twin Harbors
April 10, Wed., 7:19 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
April 11, Thurs., 7:57 a.m., -0.4 ft., Twin Harbors
April 12, Fri., 8:34 a.m., -0.4 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
April 13, Sat., 9:11 a.m., -0.2, ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
•April 14, Sun., 9:49 a.m., +0.1, ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks

Following an incident this week where a digger had 90 clams over his limit, officials remind diggers that by law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

“We take those rules seriously,” said Capt. Dan Brinson, of WDFW’s enforcement program. “We encounter some harvesters during virtually every dig setting aside small or broken clams in the hope of finding larger ones to take home. That’s a waste of the resource and violators will be cited.”

Potential penalties for violating the rule range up to a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail, he said.

Tentative opening dates in April also include a 7 day morning dig starting on April 24th, pending toxin tests.

April 24, Wed., 6:10 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
April 25, Thurs., 6:54 a.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors
April 26, Fri., 7:38 a.m., -1.5 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
April 27, Sat., 8:24 a.m., -1.7 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
April 28, Sun., 9:11 a.m., -1.7 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks
April 29, Mon., 10:01 a.m., -1.5 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks
April 30, Tues., 10:55 a.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors

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