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December 24, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Ring in the New Year with razor clam digs; final approval could happen Wednesday

9razor2013The recent coastal razor clam digs that began last Friday (Dec. 19) through Tuesday (Dec. 23) was a mixed bag of success and depended largely on the weather.

“We had a rough weekend, and Saturday was another one of those disaster nights for razor clammers,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “At Copalis it was a blow out and diggers averaged two clams per person and it just wasn’t nice at all. I worked Friday (Dec. 9) night and saw light crowds and people who persisted got their clams.”

By Sunday Ayres reported that the crazy surf and weather laid down a bit, and by Monday night his survey at Long Beach saw everyone getting clams.

Ayres reported the clams on the northern side of Long Beach they dug for health samples were 4 to 4 ½ inches.

If all goes well, diggers will be able to ring in the New Year with razor clams.

“We should have the test results to approve the next razor clam digs by (Wednesday, Dec. 24), and I don’t anticipate anything to be different,” Ayres said. “Marine toxin lveles are really low at this point.”

Next series of digs are planned for:

Wednesday, Dec. 31, low tide is 3:05 p.m., 0.6 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 4:01 p.m., 0.2 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis.

Friday, Jan. 2, 4:49 p.m., -0.2 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 5:32 p.m., -0.5 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis.

Sunday, Jan. 4, 6:12 p.m., -0.5 feet at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks.

Monday, Jan. 5, 6:48 p.m., -0.5 feet at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 7:23 p.m., -0.3 feet at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 7:57 p.m., -0.1 feet at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

So far since the season began Oct. 7, 25,204 diggers have gotten 343,915 clams at Long Beach for 13.6 average; 24,594 got 328,874 for 13.4 at Twin Harbors; 8,845 got 86,845 for 9.8 at Copalis; and 14,538 got 192,356 for 13.2 at Mocrocks.

More digs are also tentatively scheduled from Jan. 17-24, Jan. 30-Feb. 6 and Feb. 15-22.

 

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