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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 1, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Thousands turn out for coastal razor clam digs

Razor clam diggers on coastal beaches got a taste of some bad weather this past Saturday, but those who ventured out either Friday or Sunday fared better.

“Success was a bit variable, and Saturday generated the biggest crowd but the weather was the worst of the three days it was open,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologist. “The overall average was 12 clams per person, and we had a total of 53,000 digger trips which was a pretty big crowd.”

“We heard from a lot of happy people, and the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival was a big success. There was nice-sized clams so we are right on track for the next April opener.”

Marine Toxins on beaches have been fairly low, although there was a spike on the paralytic shellfish poison, Ayres pointed out.

“We did some extra testing because of the PSP spike and everything went OK with testing from the health lab, and should be fine,” Ayres said.

More digs are tentatively planned April 10-12 and April 25-27. Some beaches might be open in May.

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