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February 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

All marine toxin testing of coastal razor clams fall way below cutoff levels

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As the next series of coastal razor clam digs get underway Thursday night at Twin Harbors, state Fish and Wildlife has unveiled their latest marine toxin updates.

Before any beach can be open for razor clam digging the Washington Department of Health requires that all samples taken from each of the beaches must fall under the 20 parts per million (ppm) for domoic acid as well as tests for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).

Samples collected Jan. 29 showed:

Long Beach Reserve, 1 ppm for domoic acid and no PSP detected.

Twin Harbors, 1 ppm for domoic acid and no PSP detected.

Coplais, 1 ppm for domoic acid and no PSP detected.

Mocrocks, 1 ppm for domoic acid and no PSP detected.

Digging will be open Feb. 7 and Feb. 11-12 at Twin Harbors; Feb. 8-9 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and Feb. 10 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors. No digging will be allowed at any beach before noon.

Low tides are: Feb. 7, minus-0.5 feet at 4:22 p.m.; Feb. 8, -0.9 at 5:11 p.m.; Feb. 9, -1.0 at 5:56 p.m.; Feb. 10, -0.9 at 6:37 p.m.; Feb. 11, -0.5 at 7:17 p.m.; and Feb. 12, 0.0 at 7:54 p.m.

(Photo by Ryan Nakata)

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