Check the rubber boots for leaks, and break out the clam gun and shovels.
The next coastal razor clam digs are scheduled for Feb. 18-19 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks. No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon.
Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife shellfish biologist says their agency is digging up the next batch of test clams tonight, and final approval will be made this coming Monday.
“Everything looks great, and we have no problems at this time, and just have to jump through the hoops to get it approved,” Ayres said.
Low tides: Feb.18, 0.0 feet at 4:13 p.m.; and Feb. 19, minus-0.2 feet at 5 p.m.
The last digs on Jan. 20-21, came off the heels of heavy snow fall, and turnout was light.
“We had a total of 6,800 people out digging razor clams with the biggest crowds (on Jan. 21 with 4,900 folks),” Ayres said. “Digging was better the second night (coast wide average of 12 clams per digger compared to Jan. 20 when it was 7.5 clams per digger), even with the surf up, the fact it wasn’t raining hard (unlike Friday) the average catch improved.”
“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.
More digs are also planned in March, April and May.
(Photo by Ryan Nakata)