Just when you thought it was over for the spring, more digging is possible for coastal razor clams after a lower than expected turnout on beaches occurred this past week even though success was excellent.
“There should be a news release out this morning (May 11), but we have to make sure it goes through the chain of command before it is officially announced,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologist.
“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,” Ayres said. “It was limits (the first 15 clams dug) for everybody, and the clams were good-sized.”
Ayres says he actually saw one razor clam that was 6 1/4 inches, and coastwide the average was 4 1/2 inches.
(Photo taken by Mark Yuasa on a beach somewhere north of the Copalis River)