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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Light turnout during last Friday and Saturday coastal razor clam digs

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Here is an update with turnout and harvest figures from the coastal razor clam digs last Friday and Saturday.

“We had a total of 6,800 people out digging razor clams with the biggest crowds on Saturday (4,900 folks),” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist.

“Digging was better the second night (coast wide average of 12 clams per digger), even with the surf up, the fact it wasn’t raining hard (unlike Friday) the average catch improved.”

Last Friday’s coast wide average was 7.5 clams per digger.

Ayres says the most consistent digging was at Mocrocks.

“I was out at Copalis, and we saw some people with limits, others with nothing and a few diggers in between,” Ayres said.

Ayres says average clam size data wasn’t available yet.

“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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