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February 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Coastal razor clam opener revealed great results on opening night

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The most recent coastal razor clam occurred last night at Twin Harbors beaches, and despite being rather chilly diggers managed to find excellent digging.

“Digging was great, and we had a little bit of concern (at Twin Harbors) due to poor recent openers, but I’m now convinced that it was more or less weather related than anything else,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist.

“It wasn’t easy digging, but all the groups of people I checked just about everyone of them got their (15-clam) daily limits,” Ayres said. “The weather (tonight and Saturday) is supposed to be decent so that should mean more good digging.”

Ayres said the turnout on Thursday night at Twin Harbors was fairly decent with about 1,500 diggers.

“Word was that those who turned out early in the tide did the best,” Ayres said. “As they say the early bird gets the worms, and that was definitely the case (on Thursday).”

Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Long Beach and Kalaloch are open this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 18-19).

Once harvest assessments are made after this dig, state Fish and Wildlife plans to announce if more digs are possible in March and April.

(Photo by Seattle Times staff)

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