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September 30, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Fall and winter coastal razor clam digs announced

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Coastal razor clam lovers will have plenty of digging time to look forward to in the next few months.

Tentative dates have been set by state Fish and Wildlife, and the first dig will occur Oct. 28-29 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Most other opportunities are set at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks, because those beaches have the highest number of clams available for harvest. Those dates are Nov. 11-12, Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 22-23 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Additional digs at Copalis Beach are Nov. 25 and Dec. 23. The reason for the short window of opportunity at Copalis is due to a lack of clams.

No digging will be allowed before noon on any of the open beaches.

Dates are still being worked out for Kalaloch Beach, which are expected to be announced in two to three weeks.

Final approval of all openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat.

Additional digs for 2012 will be announced in early January, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

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Diggers must take the first 15 razor clams dug regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Dates and low tides:

Oct. 28 – 8:28 p.m., minus-1.8 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Oct. 29 – 9:17 p.m., -1.5 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Nov. 11 – 6:48 p.m., -0.4 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Nov. 12 – 7:23 p.m., -0.4 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Nov. 25 – 6:27 p.m., -1.9 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

Nov. 26 – 7:14 p.m., -1.8 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Dec. 10 – 6:30 p.m., -0.5 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Dec. 22 – 4:40 p.m., -0.9 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Dec. 23 – 5:29 p.m., -1.4 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

(Photos taken by Mark Yuasa)

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