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May 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Two more possible razor clam digs looming later this month

The six-day coastal razor clam dig held last week, was excellent with just about everyone pulling their 15-clam daily limit from the sandy beaches.

“We had good digging over the last opener, although I was surprised that it wasn’t a record breaking crowd (on May 1) with the good minus low tide,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist, who mentioned that the season’s peak harvest date of 5,000 diggers occurred March 27 during a marginal low tide.

The most recent dig held April 27 to May 2 drew 45,000 diggers to the open coastal beaches, and they averaged 14.85 clams per person (the first 15 dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit).

“We are planning on offering a couple more digs again in the middle of this month,” Ayres said.

State Fish and Wildlife plans to send out specifics in a news release sometime later today (May 5).

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