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April 22, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Coastal razor clam dig approved

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Diggers can plan on heading down to the coastal beaches for what has turned out to be an excellent spring razor clam season.

“Everything is a go for the upcoming dig, and it will be nice to have a razor clam opener without any storms,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist.

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks will be open April 25-27.

Low tides: April 25, minus-1.7 feet at 7:27 a.m.; April 26, 1.6 at 8:10 a.m.; and April 27, -1.7 at 8:55 a.m.

A shellfish license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Anglers can buy a combination license or an annual shellfish/seaweed license. Also available are razor-clam only licenses in annual or three-day only versions.

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

Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park will remain closed because the clams there have not grown to harvestable size.

Some coastal beaches might also be open in May.

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

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