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December 22, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Coastal razor clam for New Years Eve and the days after approved

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Time to dig into the New Year by heading to the coast for what should be an excellent razor clam dig barring any rough surf or bad weather.

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch beaches will be open for clam digging Thursday, Dec. 31 and Friday, Jan. 1.

All of those beaches, with the exception of Kalaloch, also will be open Saturday, Jan. 2. One beach – Twin Harbors – will open for a fourth evening of digging Sunday, Jan. 3.

All digs will be held on evening tides, with digging restricted to the hours between noon and midnight.

“New Year’s razor clam digs are very popular,” Dan Ayres, the coastal shellfish manager for state Fish and Wildlife said in a news release. “We’re pleased that the tides allowed us to offer another holiday dig this year. For safety’s sake, make sure to check the weather and surf conditions before heading out.”

Harvesters are allowed to take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Additional digging dates in 2010 will be announced in January, following review of harvest data, Ayres said.

(Photo taken by Ryan Nakata)

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