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January 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Coastal razor clam digging sees light turnout, and mishmash of success

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The coastal razor clam digs on this past Friday and Saturday were good for some and lousy for others with the southern beach goers faring the best.

“It was a mixed bag of success, and clam digging at Long Beach was the best and Mocrocks was good too,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist. “It was pretty tough overall, and it seemed like many weren’t willing to stick it out on the beaches in the driving rain, avoiding the snow and bad weather, and others were simply hunkered down at home with no power.”

“I was out at Copalis, and we saw some people with limits, others with nothing and a few diggers in between,” Ayres said. “Crowds were generally light on all beaches, and the biggest turnout was at Long Beach where they had no snow at all.”

Ayres says they were still tabulating the total figures on turnout and how many clams were dug.

“The good news is we know there are still plenty of clams on beaches, because we’ve had fewer clams harvested, and that will mean more digging opportunity down the road,” Ayres said.

(Photo by Ryan Nakata)

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