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October 25, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Next coastal razor clam digs get the green light to begin Nov. 1

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The next series of coastal razor clam digs were approved and set to begin on Friday, Nov. 1.

Barring any bad weather or high surf, diggers should expect excellent digging on all open coastal beaches.

The most recent razor clam digs Oct. 17-22 generated 32,000 digger trips with 14.9 clams per person (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit).

“We are seeing really good digging so far this fall,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager who predicts this will be a banner season through next spring barring any marine toxin issues.

The digs are this Friday at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Saturday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Nov. 3-4 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Nov. 5 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; and Nov. 6-8 at Long Beach. Digging is open from noon to midnight each day.

Low tides: Nov. 1, plus-0.1 feet at 5:52 p.m.; Nov. 2, minus-0.6 at 6:36 p.m.; Nov. 3, -1.1 at 6:44 p.m.; Nov. 4, -1.3 at 6:59 p.m.; Nov. 5, -1.3 at 7:45 p.m.; Nov. 6, -1.2 at 8:33 p.m.; Nov. 7, -1.2 at 9:24 p.m.; and Nov. 8, -0.3 at 10:19 p.m.

The best digging usually occurs about one to two hours before low tide. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

More digs are scheduled Nov. 15-16 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Nov. 17 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Nov. 18-20 at Long Beach. Final approval will be announced about a week before.

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