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September 24, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Fall coastal razor clam digs scheduled to start Oct. 7 with 41 dates set through New Year’s Eve

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The coastal razor clam season is set to begin in early October with diggers getting an ample 41 dates all the way through the New Year’s Eve holiday.

The first beaches to open will be Twin Harbors and Long Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 7 through Oct. 12. That will be followed with Mocrocks opening Friday, Oct. 10 through Oct. 12, and Copalis open on Oct. 11 only.

All upcoming digs will get final approval usually about a week before the scheduled dates once marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

“We’re announcing this proposed schedule to give people time to makes plans,” Dan Ayres, the state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager said in a news release. “However, none of the digs are confirmed until we announce the results of the toxin tests.”

This comes on the heels of last season’s digs, which had been the best seen in more than three decades.

The harvest totals during the 2013-14 surpassed anything state fisheries has seen since 1982, and those were pre-tribal sharing days when the seasons were open nine months out of the year.

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The coastwide estimate total from Sept. 19, 2013 to June 1 was 451,046 diggers harvesting more than 6.2 million clams (compared to 420,000 with 6.1 million in 2012-13).

At Long Beach, 181,240 diggers took home more than 2.3 million clams for an average of 12.7 clams per digger (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit); at Twin Harbors, 119,872 had more than 1.6 million for 13.8; at Copalis, 75,198 dug up more than 1.05 million for 14.0; and Mocrocks, 74,736 bagged more than 1.02 million for 13.5.

The 2011-12 season saw 194,976 digger trips producing 2.5 million clams for a 13.2 average, and in 2010-11, a total of 244,500 generated 3.2 million for 13.1.

Razor clams also were nice size, averaging 4.9 inches at Long Beach, 5.0 at Twin Harbors and Copalis and 4.8 at Mocrocks as the spring season came to an end.

Diggers must harvest the first 15 razor clams dug daily regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

Diggers should also check out the state Fish and Wildlife’s new Great Getaway web site for good information on razor clam digging at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/vacation/coast_razor_clamming.html.

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Here are the planned dates:

Oct. 7, Tuesday: Low tide, 6:26 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Oct. 8, Wednesday: 7:13 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Oct. 9, Thursday: 7:58 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Oct. 10, Friday: 8:43 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Oct. 11, Saturday: 9:28 pm, -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

Oct. 12, Sunday: 10:15 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

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Oct. 22, Wednesday: 6:31 p.m., 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Oct. 23, Thursday: 7:07 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Oct. 24, Friday: 7:44 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Oct. 25, Saturday: 8:22 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

Oct. 26, Sunday: 9:03 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Oct. 27, Monday: 9:47 p.m., -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Oct. 28, Tuesday: 10:36 p.m., -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 4, Tuesday: 4:26 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 5, Wednesday: 5:14 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 6, Thursday: 5:59 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 7, Friday: 6:42 p.m., -1.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Nov. 8, Saturday: 7:24 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

Nov. 9, Sunday: 8:05 p.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Nov. 10, Monday: 8:47 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 11, Tuesday: 9:31 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 20, Thursday: 5:06 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 21, Friday: 5:45 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Nov. 22, Saturday: 6:24 p.m., -0.8 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

Nov. 23, Sunday: 7:05 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Nov. 24, Monday: 7:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 25, Tuesday: 8:32 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Nov. 26, Wednesday: 9:19 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 3, Wednesday: 4:14 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 4, Thursday: 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 5, Friday: 5:45 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 6, Saturday: 6:26 p.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

Dec. 7, Sunday: 7:05 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 8, Monday: 7:44 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 9, Tuesday: 8:21 pm, -0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 19, Friday: 4:41 p.m., 0.0.feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 20, Saturday: 5:23 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

Dec. 21, Sunday: 6:06 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 22, Monday: 6:48 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 23, Tuesday: 7:31 p.m., -1.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 31, Wednesday: 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Copalis

 

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