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January 13, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Coastal razor clam digs set to begin Wednesday

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The next series of coastal razor clam digs scheduled to begin Wednesday was approved by state Fish and Wildlife.

“We are off and running for the next digs, and I think we dodged a bullet with the nasty weather this past weekend,” Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife shellfish manager said of the 30-foot waves and high surf smashing the beaches from the recent storms.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, Wednesday, low tide is minus-0.1 feet at 6:19 p.m. at Twin Harbors; Thursday, Jan. 16, low tide is minus-0.1 feet at 6:51 p.m. at Twin Harbors; Friday, Jan. 17, low tide is 0.0 feet at 7:22 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; and Saturday, Jan. 18, low tide is 0.2 feet at 7:53 p.m. at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks. Digging will be open from noon to midnight each day.

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. 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. 28 and Feb. 26 at Twin Harbors. Digging will be open from noon to midnight each day.

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