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June 7, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Coastal razor clam season ended with one the best harvests seen since 1982

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The 2013-14 coastal razor clam season came to end with series of digs on May 27 to June 1, and it was pretty much limits across the board.

“The harvest totals (below) surpass anything we’ve seen since 1982, and those were pre-tribal sharing days when the season was open nine months out of the year,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “We didn’t have any hang ups on this opener at all, and there wasn’t huge crowds on the weekdays but it picked up quite a bit by the weekend.”

“All the people we contacted were happy, and I measured a lot of nice-size clams with some pushing 6 inches,” Ayres said. “I went out (on June 1) with my family to Pacific Beach, and the clams were a little deep so my girls struggled a bit. Near the surf the clams were up higher and easier to dig.”

Ayres says the average size of clams was 4.9 inches at Long Beach; 5.0 inches at Twin Harbors; 5.0 inches at Copalis; and 4.8 inches at Mocrocks.

Here is a breakdown on how clam digging went during the most series of digs from May 27-June 1:

May 27: Long Beach estimate was 770 diggers with 11,550 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Twin Harbors estimate was 446 diggers with 6,685 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

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May 28: Long Beach estimate was 1,379 diggers with 20,691 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; and Twin Harbors estimate saw 767 diggers with 11,506 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

May 29: Long Beach estimate was 1,634 diggers with 24,505 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Twin Harbors estimate saw 1,426 diggers with 21,396 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Copalis estimate was 1,021 diggers with 15,311 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; and Mocrocks estimate was 376 diggers with 5,644 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

May 30: Long Beach estimate was 1,043 diggers with 15,417 clams harvested for a success rate of 14.8 clams per digger; Twin Harbors estimate saw 1,424 diggers with 21,364 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Copalis estimate was 1,286 diggers with 19,289 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; and Mocrocks estimate was 1,129 diggers with 16,942 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

May 31: Long Beach estimate was 5,069 diggers with 76,033 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Twin Harbors estimate saw 3,260 diggers with 48,894 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Copalis estimate was 5,325 diggers with 80,273 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.1 clams per digger; and Mocrocks estimate was 816 diggers with 12,225 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

June 1: Long Beach estimate was 6,558 diggers with 98,366 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Twin Harbors estimate saw 2,645 diggers with 38,184 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; Copalis estimate was 4,719 diggers with 70,791 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger; and Mocrocks estimate was 1,278 diggers with 19,165 clams harvested for a success rate of 15.0 clams per digger.

The coast-wide estimate from May 27-June1 was 42,272 diggers (season high was 61,205 diggers April 14-20) with 634,230 (700,376) clams harvested. The season coast-wide estimate total from Sept. 19 to June 1 was 451,046 diggers with 6,034,182 clams harvested.

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