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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

The last coastal razor clam dig of spring season is tomorrow

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As we head into the final day of the spring coastal razor clam dig it is great to know that digging so far this week has been excellent!

“Razor clamming has been good all week – on each beach we’ve had open,” said Dan Ayres, the head coastal state Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologist. “Sizes have been consistently larger at Twin Harbors – although there are small clams mixed in with some larger clams everywhere.”

“Wastage has been an issue – especially at Twin Harbors,” Ayres said. “Our enforcement staff has been working to catch violators with good success.”

Ayres says the weather and surf have been excellent – although Sunday’s forecast shows increasing surf levels, some wind and rain.

“So digging success may drop off on what will be the last day of a successful 2010-11 razor clam season,” Ayres said.

The last day of digging is Sunday, May 22 at Twin Harbors Beach, Mocrocks Beach and Long Beach. Digging is allowed until noon.

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.

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