The word on the next series of coastal razor clam digs set to begin on Tuesday, Nov. 13 should be known by today (Wednesday, Nov. 7) or at the latest by Thursday morning.
“We have the news release ready to go, and are awaiting word from the (Department of Health),” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.
“We had pretty good digging (Oct. 27-28) with mostly limits (the first 15 clams dug per person), and then it was similar by Monday (Oct. 30) night at Twin Harbors,” Ayres said. “But, by Tuesday (Oct. 31) it really rained hard and the beach (Twin Harbors) was flooded with freshwater which the clams don’t like, and the best diggers (just shy of 100 diggers) could do was average four clams per person.”
The next tentative dates are Nov. 13-14 at Twin Harbors only; Nov. 15 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Nov. 16 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.
More digs are also scheduled around Thanksgiving and in December. Digging is allowed after noon each day.
Final approval on all digs are made about a week prior after marine-toxin testing determines whether clams are safe to eat.
(Photo by Ryan Nakata)