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January 10, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Approval of next coastal razor clam digs should be announced by Monday

2razor2013While we await word on final approval  – which should come by Monday, Jan. 12 – for the next round of coastal razor clam digs scheduled to begin Saturday, Jan. 17 one thing we know for sure it how remarkably great digging has been when the weather and surf cooperate.
“I had numerous people tell me how fun it was digging a lot of clams and gathering around the campfires on the beaches,” Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager said of the digs centered around New Years.
In the days soon after, the weather took a turn for the worse creating a very light turnout and low success rates through this past Wednesday.
“People have struggled when the weather is crummy or the surf is pushing high up the beaches, but what I keep repeating to people is that you’ve got a lot of digging in the days and weeks ahead,” Ayres said.
It hasn’t been that difficult for diggers to get their 15 clam razor clam daily limit when the weather has cooperated with most clams averaging a plump 4 to 5 inches.
Digging at Long Beach saw 19,738 diggers taking home 223,389 from Dec. 31-Jan. 7 for an average of 11.9 per person; Twin Harbors had 9,573 with 141,300 for 14.8 from Dec. 31-Jan. 7; Copalis had 11,969 with 176,715 for 14.8 from Dec. 31-Jan. 3; and Mocrocks had 7,817 with 116,135 for 14.9 from Dec. 31-Jan. 4.
Since the season began Oct. 7 through Jan. 7, a preliminary total of 131,545 diggers have gathered more than 1.6-million razor clams on four open beaches.
One marine toxin results aDigging will be open Saturday through Jan. 24 at Long Beach and Twin Harbors; Saturday and Jan. 24 at Copalis; and Saturday and Jan. 18 and Jan. 23-24 at Mocrocks. Digging is allowed from noon to midnight each day.
More digs are also tentatively scheduled Jan. 30-Feb. 6 and Feb. 15-22.

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