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May 1, 2009 at 10:43 PM

Tentative coastal razor clam digs set for next weekend on beaches

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Here is what coastal razor clam diggers have been waiting to hear today, and that is state Fish and Wildlife has tentatively scheduled two more days of digging next weekend.

If marine toxin tests are below the cutoff threshold, then Long Beach and Twin Harbors will open May 9-10, while Copalis and Mocrocks will open May 9 only.

Final approval will be announced some time next week.

Low tides: May, minus-1.2 feet at 7:23 a.m.; May 10, -1.2 at 8:02 a.m. Digging is allowed until noon each day.

Diggers may keep the first 15 razor clams dug, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.

Portions of Long Beach and Twin Harbors are closed to the public to protect nesting western snowy plover birds, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

At Long Beach, the closed area is located north of the Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point.

At Twin Harbors, the closed area is located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park. The closed portion at each beach includes the area beyond the mean high tide line.

Signs clearly mark the area and instruct people to stay on the hard-packed sand.

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