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Weekend clam digs approved

October 3, 2013

Clam diggers got a green light on the five-day razor clam dig set to begin tomorrow on four beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the evening dig after toxin tests came back this week showing that the clams on all four beaches are safe.

Four beaches will be open for digging Friday and Saturday, three will be open on Sunday and Monday, and one – Twin Harbors – will be open on Tuesday. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Dates, beaches, and evening low tides for the proposed digs are as follows:
•Oct. 4, Friday, 6:56 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
•Oct. 5, Saturday, 7:36 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
•Oct. 6, Sunday, 8:17 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
•Oct. 7, Monday, 9:00 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
•Oct. 8, Tuesday, 9:48 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach an hour or two before low tide for best results.

“We have a lot of clams available for harvest this year, and a favorable weather forecast for the upcoming dig,” Ayres said. “We do recommend diggers wear warm clothes and bring a lantern for these evening digs.”

WDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig Oct. 17-22, pending the results of future toxin tests. The department also plans to announce additional digging dates for the fall season later this month.

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