Clam digs continue this week
Clam digs continue on Twin Harbors and Long Beach as shellfish managers approved the 8 day dig just prior to the opening over the weekend.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved digs at the two beaches each morning through May 4. Mocrocks is open to digging May 2 through May 4.
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said that more razor clam digs could be announced for mid-May.
“We’ll look at harvest levels after these upcoming digs are finished and determine whether we have enough clams to offer more opportunities in May,” he said.
The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:
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
Brock Hoenes, WDFW wildlife biologist, said that clam diggers and other beachgoers should avoid disturbing western snowy plovers. These small birds nest on the state’s coastal beaches from April through August, and are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.
Hoenes noted snowy plovers – and their eggs – are extremely vulnerable at this time of year because the birds nest in dry sand.
“We urge clam diggers to be careful when driving on the beach or walking through the dunes,” he said. “Under state law, all vehicles are required to travel along the extreme upper limit of the hard sand. When in doubt, follow the path marked by multiple tire tracks.”
Hoenes also asks that diggers avoid signed upland beach areas at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers. At Twin Harbors, the closed area is located just south of Cranberry Beach Road and continues south for approximately 1.5 miles.