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September 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Fall and winter coastal razor clam digs set, but hinge on marine toxin testing

Time to break out the razor clam or shovel, and head to the coast starting early next month.

A tentative razor clam digging schedule was announced today with digs planned through the New Year weekend.

Final approval of all digs rely on marine toxin tests that show if the clams are safe to eat.

The first opening at Twin Harbors is Oct. 7-10, with others on Oct. 8-9 at Long Beach, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch.

No digging will be allowed before noon on any of beaches.

Digging is expected to be excellent, but a higher amount of smaller clams will be expected.

Clam wastage is against the law, and diggers are required to keep the first 15 razor clams regardless of size or condition of clams. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologist pointed out that those smaller clams will grow through the fall, winter and spring.

Ayres says diggers will likely be taking home some three-inch clams along with larger clams as part of their daily limit.

Other dates scheduled are:

Nov. 5-6 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch, and Nov. 7-8 at Twin Harbors.

Nov. 20-21 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

Dec. 3 at Twin Harbors; Dec. 4-5 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch; and Dec. 6 at Twin Harbors.

Dec. 31-Jan. 1 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch; and Jan. 2 at Twin Harbors.

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