The next series of coastal razor clam digs beginning Dec. 28 have been approved, and more dates were also set for January and February.
This includes a popular New Year’s Eve dig that in past year has drawn more than 20,000 to the coastal beaches.
Digging has been excellent since it reopened in October when the weather cooperated.
“For the last opener (Dec. 13-16) we had 9,500 diggers, and they averaged 13.5 clams per person (15 is a daily limit),” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.
Upcoming digs are: Dec. 28 at Twin Harbors (low tide is minus-0.3 feet at 6:42 p.m.); Dec. 29 (-0.3 at 7:15 p.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; and Dec. 30-31 (-0.2 at 7:47 p.m. and 0.0 at 8:20 p.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis.
Other tentative dates are: Jan. 8-9, Jan. 13-14, Feb. 7 and Feb. 11-12 at Twin Harbors; Jan. 10 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Copalis; Jan. 11-12, Jan. 26 and Feb. 8-9 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Jan. 25, Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and Feb. 23-24 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.
(Photo by Ryan Nakata)