Clam digs approved starting Tuesday, more scheduled later this month
Clam diggers hoping for a few late-season razor clam digs on Washington beaches will have plenty of options to consider.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today approved eight days of digging, beginning May 13. WDFW gave the OK for the series of digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.
The agency also announced a list of proposed digs, which would run May 27 through June 1. Final approval of these digs will depend on toxin tests.
Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said that the next series of digs includes dates at Copalis and Mocrocks, which are co-managed with the Quinault Indian Nation (QIN).
WDFW was able to add days at Copalis because the QIN provided clams from their share to the state share, said Phil Anderson, WDFW director.
“This is a perfect example of how WDFW and QIN work together to co-manage this resource,” Anderson said. “We appreciate QIN’s willingness to share a portion of their harvest quota with us thereby contributing to the success of these final digs and provide an economic boost to businesses in the area.”
The upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:
May 13, Tuesday, 6:21 a.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors
May 14, Wednesday, 7:02 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
May 15, Thursday, 7:44 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
May 16, Friday, 8:27 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis
May 17, Saturday, 9:12 a.m., -1.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
May 18, Sunday, 9:59 a.m., -1.5 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
May 19, Monday, 10:50 a.m., -1.1 feet, Twin Harbors
May 20, Tuesday, 11:44 a.m., -0.6 feet, Twin Harbors
Digs that have been proposed but not yet approved are tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:
May 27, Tuesday, 6:24 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
May 28, Wednesday, 7:06 a.m., -1.3 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach
May 29, Thursday, 7:45 a.m., -1.4 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
May 30, Friday, 8:23 a.m., -1.2 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
May 31, Saturday, 9:00 a.m., -1.0 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks
June 1, Sunday, 9:37 a.m., -0.7 feet, Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis, 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. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.
Clam diggers and other beachgoers should avoid disturbing western snowy plovers, said Brock Hoenes, WDFW biologist. The birds, which nest on the state’s coastal beaches from April through August, are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.
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.