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Tentative clam digs scheduled through February

December 19, 2013

For those with time to plan beyond the winter holidays, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has tentatively scheduled a new series of evening razor clam digs through February.

Under that plan, beaches will be open for 13 days in January and five days in February if toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

WDFW will announce final word on those digs about a week before they are scheduled to begin.

“We’re announcing these dates now so people can start making plans for the new year,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “We’ve had a terrific season so far, and expect plenty of great digging in the months ahead.”

Ayres noted that a dig now proposed to start New Year’s Day would effectively add five additional days to a dig previously planned during the last three days in December.

As in recent months, all digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

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

Dec. 29, Sunday, 4:05 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
Dec. 30, Monday, 4:55 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
Dec. 31, Tuesday, 5:42 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks,Copalis,
Jan. 1, Wednesday, 6:29 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Jan. 2, Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Jan. 3, Friday, 8:00 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Jan. 4, Saturday, 8:45 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
Jan. 5, Sunday, 9:31 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Jan. 15, Wednesday, 6:19 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
Jan. 16, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
Jan. 17, Friday, 7:22 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Jan. 18, Saturday, 7:53 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

Jan. 28, Tuesday, 4:36 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors
Jan. 29, Wednesday, 5:25 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
Jan. 30, Thursday, 6:11 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Jan. 31, Friday, 6:55 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Feb. 1, Saturday, 7:38 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
Feb. 2, Sunday, 8:20 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

Feb. 26, Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors
Feb. 27, Thursday, 5:04 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
Feb. 28, Friday, 5:49 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

For updates on scheduled openings, see the WDFW Razor Clam webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

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