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December 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Stormy weather swayed many razor clam diggers from heading to the coast this past week

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The coastal razor clam digs last week started off on a high note, but gradually deteriorated by the time the weekend arrived with strong winds and a heavy surf.

“The weekend was tough for razor clam diggers, and we saw a total of 4,600 diggers and 36,000 clams harvested over the course of all the openers (Nov. 26-Dec. 1),” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

“The first three days (Nov. 26-28) Twin Harbors everyone had close to limits (the first 15 clams dug daily) and 800 people per day on the beach,” Ayres said. “Most people must have looked at the weather forecast by Thursday, and just stayed home.”

“I was at Mocrocks (on Saturday) and there was only 165 people total, and the average was half a clam per person,” Ayres said.

Ayres says they expect to announce more digging dates for January and February later this week.

Final approval on the the next series of digs this month should also be known in the next few days.

Next 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; and Sunday, Dec. 16, -1.0 at 8:47 p.m. at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks. Digging is allowed after noon each day.

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: 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.

(Photo courtesy of Ryan Nakata)

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