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November 28, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Coastal razor clam diggers should be prepared for stormy weather

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A series of storms are brewing right now off the coast, and are expected to pound the beaches over the next few days, and that could momentarily hinder razor clam digging.

“We are headed for some rough stuff, and that’ll affect things, but the last two days offered great digging at Twin Harbors,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

Ayres said about 800 diggers turned out each night this past Monday and Tuesday, and everyone had their 15-clam daily limits.

“The clams are looking very healthy, and still growing and will be much bigger by spring,” Ayres said. “Digging tonight (Wednesday) looks like it will be OK, but all bets are off after that. People need to be aware of the weather and we don’t want anyone to get hurt.”

By Thursday the southerly winds are expected to kick up to 25 knots with a swell of 14 to 15 feet. If any day looks better it will be Saturday when the winds shift out of the southeast.

Digging is open Thursday, Nov. 29 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrock. Digging is allowed after noon each day.

Low tides: Nov. 29, -0.4 at 7:01 p.m.; Nov. 30, -0.3 at 7:35 p.m.; and Dec. 1, -0.1 at 8:10 p.m.

Diggers must keep their first 15 clams dig regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Other tentative digs are: Tuesday, Dec. 11, low tide is -1.1 feet at 4:51 p.m. at Twin Harbors; Wednesday, Dec. 12, -1.6 feet at 5:40 p.m. at Twin Harbors; Thursday, Dec. 13, -1.9 at 6:29 p.m. at Twin Harbors; Friday, Dec. 14, -1.8 at 7:15 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Saturday, Dec. 15, -1.6 at 8:01 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday, Dec. 16, -1.0 at 8:47 p.m. at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Friday, Dec. 28, -0.3 at 6:42 p.m. at Twin Harbors; Saturday, Dec. 29, -0.3 at 7:15 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Sunday, Dec. 30, -0.2 at 7:47 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Monday, Dec. 31, 0.0 at 8:20 p.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

“We will also announce additional digging dates for January and February really soon to give folks a chance to plan ahead,” Ayres said.

(Photo courtesy of Ryan Nakata)

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