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More razor clams planned starting this week

April 23, 2014

Washington’s razor clam season could continue as state shellfish managers plan to add digs starting on Sunday.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a tentative schedule because updated harvest estimates show more than enough clams to support the additional openings.

“This has been a great year for razor clams,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW shellfish manager. “Clams this year have been bigger than average and abundant enough to add another series of digs.”

Final approval will be announced after toxin test results confirm the clams are safe to eat.

“Digging at Mocrocks has been fabulous lately,” Ayres said, noting that the upcoming series of digs includes three dates at that beach.

The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

•Apr. 27, Sunday, 5:53 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
•Apr. 28, Monday, 6:39 a.m., -0.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
•Apr. 29, Tuesday, 7:22 a.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
•Apr. 30, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
•May 01, Thursday, 8:43 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
•May 02, Friday, 9:23 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
•May 03, Saturday, 10:04 a.m., -0.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
•May 04, Sunday, 10:47 a.m., 0.1 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

WDFW shellfish managers will analyze harvest data after this series of digs is completed. If enough clams remain for more digs, the best tides are around the weekend of May 17, Ayres said.

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