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October 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Rough weather blamed on tough coastal razor clamming, and next digs should be approved very soon

9razor2013The coastal surf was rocking and rolling the past week due to the stormy weather, and that made it very tough on the success of razor clam diggers.

“The weather clearly impacted this past opener, and three of the seven nights we had virtually no harvest at all,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “One night at Twin Harbors there was 265 clams taken by 381 people, and it was incredibly bad on Saturday night.”

Coast-wide a total of 4,500 digger trips Oct. 24-28 took home 51,500 clams for an average of 11.4 clams per person (the first 15 dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit). That compares to Oct. 7-12 when 23,100 diggers dug up 291,000 clams for an average of 12.6 clams per person.

“We’ll just keep on going, and this just means more days of digging down the road,” Ayres said. “At Long Beach and Twin Harbors we’ll keep it open on as many low tides as we’ve got since there are plenty of clams available for harvest.”

“The clams are growing, and the ones I saw at Mocrocks were beautiful and nice in size.” Ayres said.

Ayres said his crews managed to collect health samples of clams, and should have the final approval for the next series of digs by Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 29) or at the latest by Thursday morning (Oct. 30).

“I don’t anticipate any problems with marine toxins, and we should be fine,” he said.

Tentative dates are Tuesday through Nov. 11 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Nov. 7-9 at Mocrocks; and Nov. 8 at Copalis. Digging is allowed from noon to midnight each day.

Additional digs are also planned through Dec. 31, and more will be scheduled after the New Year. Details: http://seattletimes.com/html/outdoors/2024637507_outnotes28xml.html.

 

 

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