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April 6, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Razor clam dig a go at two coastal beaches

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Razor clam diggers received the go ahead for digging at Twin Harbors open this Friday to Sunday (April 10-12), and Long Beach open Saturday and Sunday (April 11-12) only.

“We wanted to remind people that only those two beaches are open as there has been some confusion about this,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist. “The more popular beaches to the north are closed for this dig, and we wanted to let people know that they’ll need their new licenses too.”

During the last opener on March 27-29 success was a bit variable, and March 28 generated the biggest crowd but the weather was the worst of the three days it was open. The overall average was 12 clams per person with a total of 53,000 digger trips.

A 2009-2010 license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Razor-clam only licenses are also available in annual or three-day only versions. For more information go to the state Fish and Wildlife Web site.

Digger may keep no more than 15 razor clams daily, and must keep the first 15 dug regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Low tides: April 10, minus-0.7 feet at 7:45 a.m.;-0.7 at 8:25 a.m.; and -0.5 at 9:05 a.m.

More digs are tentatively planned for April 25-27 at Long Beach, Twin Harbor, Copalis and Mocrocks. Some beaches might also be open in May.

(Photo by staff photographer Mark Harrison, The Seattle Times)

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