Thousands of diggers rang in the New Year by heading to the coast for what remains one of the best winter razor clam seasons seen in a very long time.
“We had a good New Years holiday for clam diggers, and I was out with the family (on Friday, Jan. 3) at Twin Harbors and had our limits (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition per digger) in 20 minutes,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “I worked on (Saturday, Jan. 4) and it was great digging and I’m looking forward to the next opener later in January.”
A total of 47,729 diggers turned out from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5 and dug 698,702 razor clams. Since then season began on Sept. 19 a total of 168,442 diggers have taken home 2,389,066 clams not including a clam wastage of 35,728 clams. The season Long Beach average is 13.8 clams per person daily; Twin Harbors is 14.3; Copalis is 14.1; and Mocrocks is 14.8.
During the latest digs, Long Beach was open Dec. 29 to Jan. 5 with 18,350 diggers harvesting 267,179 clams for an average of 14.6 clams per person. Twin Harbors was open Dec. 29 to Jan. 5 with 7,032 diggers harvesting 100,739 clams for an average of 14.3 clams.
Copalis was open Dec. 29-31 and Jan. 3 with 12,512 diggers harvesting 185,359 clams for an average of 14.8 clams. Mocrocks was open Dec. 29 to Jan. 4 with 9,835 diggers harvesting 145,424 clams for an average of 14.8 clams.
More digs are also planned Jan. 17-18, Jan. 30-31, Feb. 2 and Feb. 27-28 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Feb. 1 at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; Jan. 29 at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; and Jan. 15-16, Jan. 28 and Feb. 26 at Twin Harbors. Digging will be open from noon to midnight each day.