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March 30, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Coastal razor clams on April 7-9 approved, and Copalis will also reopen for one-day

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The next coastal razor clam digs on April 7-9 have been approved by state Fish and Wildlife managers.

Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch will be open April 7-9; Mocrocks on April 7-8; and Copalis on April 7 only. Digging is allowed until noon each day.

Dan Ayres, the state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager points out that Copalis was added to the upcoming dig because fewer clams were harvested on that beach than expected in late March.

“We still have enough clams available for one more day of digging at Copalis,” Ayres said. “I’m sure that beach will be a welcome addition to the upcoming dig.”

In addition, Kalaloch Beach inside Olympic National Park will open for digging April 7-9 for the first time this season. The beach has been closed to digging since October due to a low abundance of clams, but park officials say the razor clam population is robust enough to sustain three days of digging.

Low tides: Minus-1.2 feet at 7:36 a.m. on April 7; -1.5 at 8:23 a.m. on April 8; and -1.5 at 9:11 a.. on April 9.

Lastly, a reminder that the license period ends on March 31, so diggers will need a valid 2012-13 fishing license to participate in the upcoming digs.

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