Razor clam season gets green light

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LONG BEACH — The first fall razor clam dig will be Oct. 28 and 29 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the digging after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams are safe to eat.

Digging will be allowed only between noon and midnight.

Low tide on Oct. 28 is -1.8 feet at 8:28 p.m and -1.5 feet at 9:17 p.m. on Oct. 29.

“It’s important that diggers keep the clams they dig to prevent wastage,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager. “It’s not unusual to encounter some small clams, especially this early in the season.” 

Ayres suggested clammers start digging one to two hours before low tide.

“This season’s tides are not as favorable as those in the past few years,” Ayres said. “Low tides will occur later in the day, so diggers will have to be prepared for the dark during evening digs in fall and winter.”