May 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM
Final spring razor clam digs approved on two coastal beaches
The last spring coastal razor clam digs were approved for May 8-14 at Twin Harbors and May 10-11 at Long Beach, but Copalis and Mocrocks beaches are now closed for the season.
Digging on the two open beaches will be allowed until noon each day.
“We still have clams available for harvest at Twin Harbors and Long Beach, and we want to give diggers a chance to catch their limit before the season comes to an end,” Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager said in a news release. “After this opening, we’ll take another look at how the catch on those beaches measures up against the harvest guidelines.”
Low tides: May 8, Wednesday, 6:22 a.m., minus-0.5 feet; May 9, Thursday, 7 a.m., -0.8; May 10, Friday, 7:37 a.m., -0.9; May 11, Saturday, 8:12 a.m., -0.8; May 12, Sunday, 8:48 a.m., -0.7; May 13, Monday, 9:23 a.m., -0.5; and May 14, Tuesday, 10:01 a.m., -0.2.
Digging April 24-30 was excellent with 15-clam daily limits being the rule although turnout seemed to be on the light side.
A total of 51,208 digger trips were taken for a total of 770,023 clams harvested at Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches open April 26-29, and Twin Harbors open April 24-30. Digging since the season opened on Oct 13 has been excellent when the weather allowed diggers out onto beaches.
Diggers must keep the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
All diggers over age 15 or older must have a fishing license. For details, go to https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov.
(Photo taken by Mark Yuasa)
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