Razor clam dig approved for Dec. 22-23

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LONG BEACH — Razor clam digging will be open Thursday and Friday at four Washington beaches.

Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks are open from noon to midnight. Low tides are at 4:40 p.m. today and 5:29 p.m. on Friday.

“We had a good turnout for the dig earlier this month, and we’re expecting the same for the upcoming dig,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “The tides won’t be low enough for a New Year’s dig this year, but they’re providing some good digging opportunities this month.”

Kalaloch Beach will remain closed until April, due to a low abundance of razor clams. The National Park Service, which manages that beach in cooperation with the department, has announced plans to open Kalaloch for a razor clam dig April 7-9.

Ayres said his agency will announce tentative openings for early 2012 at the other four beaches in early January.

Diggers can take 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.