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October 22, 2011 at 8:08 AM

First fall coastal razor clam digs set to begin Oct. 28-29 on four beaches

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Time to bust out the razor clam guns, shovels and boots or hip waders, and head to the coast for the first dig of the fall/winter season.

Digging was given the final approval and will be open Oct. 28-29 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. No digging will be allowed either day before noon.

“We had our test digs (on Oct. 19), and got our clams without even blinking,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist.

“The upcoming digs are still a week out, but the weatherman shows the forecast has some improvement, and if that is the case people have any problems,” Ayres said.

Ayres says Kalaloch Beach will remain closed during this first series of digs.

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Diggers can take 15 razor clams daily, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

“It’s important that diggers keep the clams they dig to prevent wastage,” Ayres said. “It’s not unusual to encounter some small clams, especially this early in the season.”

For best results, Ayres recommends that clammers start digging an hour or two before the evening low tide.

On Oct. 28, an evening low tide of -1.8 feet will occur at 8:28 p.m. The evening low tide Oct. 29 will be -1.5 feet at 9:17 p.m.

“This season’s tides are not as favorable as those in the past few years,” Ayres said. “Low tides will occur later in the day, so diggers will have to be prepared for the dark during evening digs in fall and winter.”

(Photos taken by Ryan Nakata)

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