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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 18, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Coastal razor clam digging should be dandy this week

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Here are some tidbits about the upcoming coastal razor clam dig happening from Tuesday, April 19 through Saturday, April 23 on certain beaches.

The opening dates are: April 19, minus-1.8 feet at 8:07 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors; April 20, -1.7 at 8:54 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors; April 21, -1.4 at 9:42 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; April 22, -0.8 at 10:33 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; and April 23, -0.2 at 11:27 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. Digging is allowed until noon each day, except on April 23 when it will be extended until 1 p.m. due to a later low tide.

When the surf and weather have cooperated digging has generally been very productive on most open beaches, although some diggers found it tough at Twin Harbors during the previous dig earlier this month.

Over the last several months, marine toxin levels in razor clams have been very low, and current levels continue to remain low.

The latest state Department Of Health (DOH) testing were conducted April 13 on clams.

Before a beach can be opened for the harvest of razor clams, DOH protocol requires that all razor clam samples collected from that beach must test under the action level (20 parts per million for domoic acid and 80 microgram/100 grams for PSP) on both of the two required sample collections.

Long Beach Reserve domoic acid was less than 1 ppm, and no detection of PSP.

Twin Harbors domoic acid no detection, and less than 38 micrograms/100 grams of PSP.

Copalis and Mocrocks areas showed no detection of domoic acid and PSP.

Once these digs are completed state Fish and Wildlife will assessment the harvest rates to see if more digging is possible in May.

(Photo taken by Seattle Times staff photographer)

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