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January 14, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Next coastal razor clam digs looming on the horizon of what has been an excellent season

The next series of coastal razor clam digs were approved for Jan. 20-22 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; and Jan. 21-22 at Kalaloch. Digging is allowed from noon to midnight each day.

While temperatures dipped well below freezing during the last digs Dec. 31-Jan. 2 that didn’t stop diggers from heading out to the coast where traffic in Aberdeen the last major town leading out to the ocean beaches was jammed with cars.

The three-day dig generated 35,000 digger trips for an overall average of 12.4 clams per person (the first 15 dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit). Diggers at Kalaloch averaged seven clams per digger on Dec. 31, but then it dropped off to 1.4 by Jan. 1, which was more affected by the higher surf.

The next tentative digs are scheduled for Feb. 17 at Twin Harbors; Feb. 18-19 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch.

More digs are also planned this spring, but dates and places are contingent on how many clams are left to harvest.

Low tides: Jan. 20, minus-1.3 feet at 6:59 p.m.; Jan. 21, -1.1 at 7:38 p.m.; Jan. 22, -0.6 at 8:19 p.m.; Feb. 17, -0.9 at 5:53 p.m.; Feb. 18, -0.9 at 6:33 p.m.; and Feb. 19, -0.5 at 7:13 p.m.

The first 15 dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers must have an applicable 2010-11 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older.

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