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May 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Coastal razor clamming ends this weekend, and was one of the best in more than 20 years

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As the final spring coastal razor clam is set to begin this Friday through Sunday, here is a look at the number of digging days there was compared to past seasons.

“It has been a great season, and if you look at Twin Harbors we offered 78 digging days,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “It was a record breaker.”

Since the season opened last October, diggers have harvested more than five million razor clams, making it the most productive in more than 20 years.

2012-13: Long Beach, 42 days; Twin Harbors, 78; Copalis, 28; Mocrocks, 30; and Kalaloch, none.

2011-12: Long Beach, 23 days; Twin Harbors, 26; Copalis, 13; Mocrocks, 20; and Kalaloch, 3.

2010-11: Long Beach, 35 days; Twin Harbors, 46; Copalis, 15; Mocrocks, 30; and Kalaloch, 12.

2009-10: Long Beach, 37 days; Twin Harbors, 46; Copalis, 24; Mocrocks, 23; and Kalaloch, 17.

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2008-09: Long Beach, 22 days; Twin Harbors, 27; Copalis, 24; Mocrocks, 25; and Kalaloch, none.

2007-08: Long Beach, 22 days; Twin Harbors, 40; Copalis, 11; Mocrocks, 11; and Kalaloch, none.

2006-07: Long Beach, 21 days; Twin Harbors, 30; Copalis, 7; Mocrocks, 16; and Kalaloch, 11.

2005-06: Long Beach, 21 days; Twin Harbors, 26; Copalis, 18; Mocrocks, 26; and Kalaloch, 18.

2004-05: Long Beach, 23days; Twin Harbors, 25; Copalis, 25; Mocrocks, 25; and Kalaloch, 8.

2003-04: Long Beach, 18 days; Twin Harbors, 18; Copalis, 14; Mocrocks, 14; and Kalaloch, 8.

Total average: Long Beach, 26 days; Twin Harbors, 36; Copalis, 18; Mocrocks, 22; and Kalaloch, 8.

Twin Harbors will be open May 24-26 on Memorial Day weekend. Digging will be allowed until noon each day.

All other ocean beaches – Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks – are closed for the season.

Low tides: May 24, Friday, 6:34 a.m., minus-1.7 feet; May 25, Saturday, 7:21 a.m., -2.2 feet; and May 26, Sunday, 8:09 a.m., -2.4 feet.

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