The next coastal razor clams are scheduled for this weekend, but there was a delay in getting test samples of clams on beaches so final approval won’t be known until Tuesday (March 4).
“We ran into some delays and just dug the clams (on Sunday night), (but) I don’t anticipate any problems,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist.
If all goes according to plans then Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks will be open this Saturday and Sunday (March 10-11). All spring digs will be allowed during morning low tides and open beaches will close after noon each day.
Other dates are: March 24 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; March 25 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; April 7-8 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Kalaloch; and April 9 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch.
The winter digs saw excellent prospects since the season began last October with a total of 87,000 diggers trips and 1.05-million clams dug for a 12.1 clams per person average.
Additional digs in late April and early May at some beaches may occur if enough clams are still available for harvest.
The dig planned at Copalis on March 24 will coincide with the popular Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival, which includes a chowder cookoff and other events. For details, visit the Ocean Shores website.
(Photos taken by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter)