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January 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Next coastal razor clam digs approved for Jan. 20-21

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The next coastal razor clam season is Jan. 20-21 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks. No digging will be allowed before noon each day.

Those digs will be followed by more on Feb. 18-19 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

All openings depend on results of marine toxin tests that show the clams are safe to eat.

The final coastal razor clam of 2011 occurred on Dec. 22-23, and came with a mixed bag of success.

The last digs on Dec. 22-23 were a mixed bag of success.

The surf was low, the wind calm and the clams abundant on Dec. 22, and fisheries biologist who worked Copalis didn’t encounter anyone who had less than their 15 clam daily limit. The average for the evening coastwide was 14.7 clams per digger with a total of 5,900 diggers out.

On Dec. 23, the surf came up considerably and success dropped with 7.8 clams per digger trip, and that was only because digging was still pretty good at Mocrocks. A total of 7,000 diggers ventured out.

Overall during the two days there were 12,900 diggers taking home an average of 11.0 clams per digger trip.

Clam size at Long Beach was 4.5 inch average, and Copalis and Mocrocks it was a 4.6 inch average. No size data was available from Twin Harbors.

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Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist says the clams are in very good condition, with more fat than usual.

Ayres says additional digs through spring will be announced once a catch assessment is completed through the February digs.

Kalaloch Beach will remain closed until April, due to a low abundance of razor clams. The National Park Service, which manages that beach in cooperation with state Fish and Wildlife, has announced plans to open Kalaloch for a razor clam dig April 7-9.

Low tides: Jan. 20, minus-0.5 feet at 4:28 p.m.; Jan. 21, -0.8 at 5:17 p.m.; Feb. 18, 0.0 at 4:13 p.m.; and Feb. 19, -0.2 at 5 p.m.

(Photos by Ryan Nakata)

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