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April 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Coastal razor clam digging a popular spring time actvitity

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The coastal razor clam digs remain excellent, and more are planned heading into the end of this month.

“It was pretty good with a lot of happy diggers, and limits (the first 15 clams dug is a daily limit) for most people,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

“Good digging Friday (April 12) and weather was decent, but colder than anything,” Ayres said. “Saturday (April 13) it was blowing sideways, and on Sunday (April 14) it was a bluebird day, and the surf was up some although mostly sunny.”

A total of 296,582 diggers turned out April 9-14 with 20,477 clams averaging 14.5 clams per digger at Long Beach; 146 at Twin Harbors; 14.3 at Copalis; and 14.7 at Mocrocks.

More digs are planned for April 24-25 and April 30 at Twin Harbors only; and April 26-28 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks; and April 29 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks. Digging is allowed until noon each day.

State Fish and Wildlife will make a final decision by Thursday, April 18.

Depending on how things pan out and if enough razor clams are left to harvest state Fish and Wildlife could have more digs planned in May. Harvest totals on coastal beaches is slightly more than 50 percent of the allowable season total.

So far this season, 240,362 diggers have harvested 3,389,827 clams (61,009 was clam wastage and/or clams left on beaches by diggers, which is illegal to do).

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