Those who turned out for the coastal razor clam dig this past weekend found a mixed bag in the weather and success.
“It was definitely one of those weather related weekends, but for the most part folks did OK digging and averaged 12.8 clams per person,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish biologist.
There was 19,700 diggers for the two-day dig, and while it was a good sized crowd, Ayres says it was lower turnout than the previous dig last month.
“Coastwide digging was best at Copalis Beach, where I worked at both days,” Ayres said. “On Sunday, everyone we talked to had their limits. The northern part of the coast cleared up a bit and while it was windy it wasn’t wet.”
Diggers at Long Beach did well on Saturday, but struggled by Sunday as the weather and surf was worse there compared to up north.
“It was definitely same kind of crappy weather we’ve been happening all winter long,” Ayres said.
State Fish and Wildlife was out digging test samples of clams on Wednesday morning, and Ayres says they should have final test results by Friday or Monday at the latest.
“We haven’t had any issues with (marine toxins or paralytic shellfish poisoning) all winter, and so far so good at this point,” Ayres said.