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Coastal clam digs get go-ahead

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Photo by Ezra McCampbell - clamming on Grayland beach

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers confirmed razor clam digging opportunities at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, and Copalis beaches will continue to run through Friday.

"Most of the 2,700 harvesters who went out during last week's season opener found easy digging, and we're expecting more of the same," said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. "As usual, we'll continue to test and monitor the situation closely prior to all planned openings."

The following digs during evening (p.m.) low tides will proceed as scheduled, after marine toxin results from the Washington Department of Health (DOH) showed razor clams are safe to eat:

Oct. 12, Wednesday, 9:06 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Oct. 13, Thursday, 9:46 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

Oct. 14, Friday, 10:29 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors

The latest marine toxin levels at Mocrocks beaches were below the health guideline level. However, DOH requires two test samples taken 10 days apart, and must fall under the health guideline level before a beach can reopen for razor clam digging.

WDFW conducted summer assessments showing a strong razor clam population except at Kalaloch, which is closed for 2022-2023 season. More tentative dates are planned on Oct. 24-30, and during November and December. The 2021-2022 season generated a record turnout of diggers and a high number of razor clams harvested.

Not all beaches are open for every dig, so diggers are encouraged to make sure their intended destination is open before heading out. The most successful digging occurs between one and two hours before the listed time of low tide.

For more information on future tentative digs, go to the WDFW's razor clam webpage.

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