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January 23, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Coastal razor clams set to begin Tuesday through Feb. 2

6300354962_6a855f51d7[1]The next coastal razor clam dates are set to begin Tuesday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Feb. 2.

Digging is open Tuesday, Jan. 28 (low tide is minus-0.7 feet at 4:36 p.m.) at Twin Harbors; Wednesday, Jan. 29 (-1.2 at 5:25 p.m.) at Twin Harbors and Long Beach; Thursday, Jan. 30 (-1.4 at 6:11 p.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Friday, Jan. 31 (-1.4 at 6:55 p.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks; Saturday, Feb. 1 (-1.0 at 7:38 p.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis; and Sunday, Feb. 2 (-0.5 at 8:20 p.m.) at Twin Harbors, Long Beach and Mocrocks. Digging is open from noon to midnight only during each day.

The most recent digs Jan. 15-18 produced some good digging at Twin Harbors early on and then faded heading in the last two days.

“The first two nights at Twin Harbors was excellent, but the last two nights when Mocrocks and Long Beach joined the schedule digging success dropped off considerably,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

“The tides were not the best and (the) surf did come up some, but it’s still a bit of a puzzle,” Ayres said.

At Long Beach, 2,009 diggers Jan. 17-18 harvested 16,146 clams for 8.0 per person average. At Twin Harbors, 2,520 diggers Jan. 15-18 harvested 34,147 clams for 13.6 per person average. At Mocrocks, 1,385 diggers Jan. 17-18 harvested 14,301 clams for 10.3 per person average.

As in previous openings, all digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

Ayres expects digging to improve in this next round with better low tides and the surf has calmed down.

Diggers can take 15 the first razor clams dug regardless of size or condition. Each digger must keep their clams in their own containers or buckets.

Another series of digs are planned for Feb. 27-March 2, and depends on marine toxin testing.

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