Clam diggers are expected to harvest fewer razor clams on Washington's five coastal beaches in the coming season.
Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said fewer clams will be available due to the natural cycle of the population.
Diggers harvested about 3.2 million razor clams last season. Digging is expected to resume in late October and continue a few days a month into spring.
Razor clam digging days in winter are a huge economic lift to coastal towns, bringing thousands of visitors during the slow period for tourism.
"The total number of clams may be down this year, but we still expected good digging on most beaches,'' Ayres said.