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May 11, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Final spring coastal razor clam digs set to begin next week

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The final digs of this spring will occur May 18-22 at Twin Harbors Beach, May 20-22 at Mocrocks Beach and May 21-22 at Long Beach. Digging is allowed until noon each day.

“The crowds were very, very light during our most recent digs (May 3-8 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, and May 7-8 at Mocrocks), and coastwide there was only 14,000 diggers,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologist.

“It was limits (15 clams daily) for everybody, and the clams were good-sized,” Ayres said.

Under state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.

“Most diggers got their limits during the last opening, but we also had some competition from shrimp and other fisheries opening in the region,” Ayres said. “Whatever the case, we have enough clams available for another dig at three beaches.”

Washington’s two other razor-clam beaches – Copalis and Kalaloch – are closed for the season. Ayres cautions diggers to observe the boundary between Mocrocks Beach and Copalis Beach, which are adjacent to one another north of Grays Harbor.

Mocrocks Beach lies north of the Copalis River and includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Copalis Beach, now closed for the season, lies south of the Copalis River and includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut and Ocean City.

Low tides: Wednesday, May 18, minus-2.2 feet at 7:52 a.m.; Thursday, May 19, -2.0 at 8:38 a.m.; Friday, May 20, -1.7 at 9:23 a.m.; Saturday, May 21, -1.1 at 10:09 a.m.; and Sunday, May 22, -0.5 at 10:56 a.m.

(Photo taken by Mark Yuasa)

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