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May 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Coastal razor clam digs might get two more days at Twin Harbors in what has been a record breaking season

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The most recent coastal razor clam outings May 8-14 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach produced excellent digging, and another short series is just on the horizon.

“I have recommended a couple more days of digging (this month) at Twin Harbors, and the final word should be out in the next day or two,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “We are done on all other beaches (Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks) for the season.”

“We had two days (May 10-11) of digging at Long Beach with 5,600 diggers who had 84,600 clams, which comes out to 15 clams per person,” Ayres said. “There was some clam wastage (where diggers discard smaller clams on the beach) at Long Beach, but nothing horrible.”

At Twin Harbors there were 7,400 diggers trips May 8-14 with 113,000 clams dug with 15 clams per person.

“It has been a great season, and if you look at Twin Harbors specifically we offered 78 digging days (since the season began in October),” Ayres said. “We haven’t offered that many days in the past 20 years so it was a record breaker.”

Fisheries shellfish managers will begin assessing clam populations and surveys during the summer, and will then come out with proposals by late August or September.

“We’ve got some real good low tides during the first part of October, and we’ll be looking at possibilities,” Ayres said.

(Photo by Mark Yuasa)

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