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Clam digs start on Monday

April 10, 2014

A weeklong razor clam dig has been approved, starting on Monday.

Shellfish managers approved the morning razor-clam digs starting Monday, April 14, at Twin Harbors and expanding to include three other ocean beaches over the next week.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, reminds diggers that anyone age 15 or older must have a 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams.

“It’s always a good idea to have a current license in hand before you reach the beach,” Ayres said. “Otherwise, you may find yourself waiting in line to buy one at low tide.”

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

April 14, Monday, 6:46 a.m.; +0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
April 15, Tuesday, 7:24 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 16, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 17, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach
April 18, Friday, 9:26 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 19, Saturday, 10:14 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
April 20, Sunday, 11:06 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks

Ayres noted that the weekend digs will coincide with two events. The second annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival is scheduled April 19-20, (see http://longbeachrazorclamfestival.com/) and Washington Coast Cleanup Day is set for April 19 (seehttp://www.coastsavers.org/).

Once the next series of digs is over, state shellfish managers will analyze harvest data and propose additional digging dates in the weeks ahead, Ayres said.

“This year’s season is nearing the end, but we’re not there yet,” he said. “We hope to offer more digging days into May.”

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