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May 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Coastal razor clam season ends on a high note, and populations look good for fall

photo (36)The final coastal razor clam season wrapped up, and now state Fish and Wildlife is looking toward the fall season.

“We had a good weekend (May 24-26 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors) and don’t have numbers yet, but I can tell you it was a strong turnout,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

“We saw good crowds and limits (the first 15 clams dug are a daily limit) all three days for everybody,” Ayres said. “There clams were good-sized, and in good condition and they hadn’t spawned yet. I talked to a lot of happy clam diggers, and we’re definitely done with the season and not doing anymore digging.”

State Fish and Wildlife is now conducting razor clam stock assessments on beaches.

“It looks like we’ll have some solid clam populations, and good digging in the fall,” Ayres said. “We started stock assessments (Wednesday, May 29) at Long Beach, and so far it’s looking good. We should be done by late August.”

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.

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.

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