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January 2, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Good one day and bad the next was the word during the latest coastal razor clam digs

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The recent coastal razor clams digs that rang in the New Year weren’t quite as good as expected on certain days with a surf pushing waves high up on beaches and stormy weather.

“It wasn’t so great during two days (Dec. 29-30) of the digs, and the other two days it (Dec. 28 and Dec. 31) digging was very slow,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “Saturday and Sunday was better given the winter time conditions, and at Mocrocks it was just shy of limits both night.”

“On Monday night things took a turn for the worst again, and digging was tougher and I was at Mocrocks,” Ayres said. “I saw people who had zero clams and others who had limits and more experience under their belts.”

Ayres said they had 22,400 digger trips with an average of 11.7 clam per digger trip for the four days it was open.

“The only thing I can attribute to the loweer than expected New Year’s Eve turnout was that Saturday and Sunday was so good and then it snowed around so I think a lot of people just decided to stay home.”

Final approval of the next series of digs scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 8 will be known by Thursday, Jan. 3, and Ayres doesn’t anticipate any bad news to come out of the marine toxin testing sent to the Department of Health Labs.

Next digs are: Tuesday, Jan. 8 (low tide is minus-0.2 feet at 3:44 p.m.) at Twin Harbors only; Wednesday, Jan. 9 (-0.9 at 4:38 p.m.) at Twin Harbors only; Thursday, Jan. 10 (-1.3 at 5:27 p.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Copalis; Friday, Jan. 11 (-1.6 at 6:14 p.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; Saturday, Jan. 12 (-1.5 at 6:58 p.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday, Jan. 13 (-1.2 at 7:41 p.m.) at Twin Harbors only; Monday, and Jan. 14 -0.6 at 8:22 p.m.) at Twin Harbors only. Digging is allowed after noon each day.

Other tentative dates are: Feb. 7 and Feb. 11-12 at Twin Harbors; 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 courtesy of The Seattle Times archive)

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