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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 3, 2010 at 5:56 PM

More coastal beaches may open soon for razor clam digging

Coastal razor clam diggers should be able to bring in spring with some additional digs scheduled later this month and in April.

The final approval to open the beaches are dependent marine toxin testing that show the clams are safe for human consumption.

“The digs planned this month span the seasonal change, when the lowest tides shift from evening to morning hours,” Dan Ayres, the head coastal state Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologist said in a news release. “As in past months, razor-clam digging will be allowed after noon for the first three days of the opening, but will then switch to morning hours starting March 29.”

The Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival is March 27.

Planned digging dates are:

Friday, March 26, (4:29 p.m., +0.1) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch.

Saturday, March 27, (5:19 p.m., -0.1) and Sunday, March 28, (6:04 p.m., 0.0) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.

Monday, March 29, (6:35 A.M., -0.1), Tuesday, March 30, (7:22 a.m., -0.7),Wednesday, March 31, (8:07 A.M., -1.0), and Thursday, April 1, (8:52 a.m., -1.0) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors only.

More digs are planned for:

Friday, April 16, (8:32 A.M., -0.7) at Long Beach and Twin Harbors only.

Saturday, April 17, (9:12 A.M., -0.7) and Sunday, April 18, (9:56 A.M., -0.6) at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch only.

More digs could occur in late April or early May on most beaches, noting that several natural events have left more clams than usual available for harvest in spring.

Those events include stormy weather in December, a marine toxin closure in January and last week’s tsunami advisory on the coast.

“Razor-clam diggers have had a bumpy ride this season, and we’re doing everything we can to add some additional digging opportunities,” Ayres said.

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