Spring razor clam digging dates announced

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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LONG BEACH — Seven days of razor clam digging in March and early April have been announced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Final approval of the digs are made about a week before each is scheduled to start and depend on marine toxin tests indicating the clams are safe to eat.

The proposed openings, along with morning low tides are:

• March 10, Saturday (7:39 am -0.3 feet): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.

• March 11, Sunday (9:28 am -0.4.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.

• March 24, Saturday (8:25 am +0.3.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks.

• March 25, Sunday (8:59 a.m., +0.3 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks.

• April 7, Saturday (7:36 a.m., -1.2 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch.

• April 8, Sunday (8:23 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch.

• April 9, Monday (9:11 a.m., -1.5 ft.): Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch.

No digging is allowed later than noon in the spring.

Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager, said additional digging in late April and early May may be announced at some beaches if enough clams remain available for harvest.

Diggers are allowed 15 clams per day and must keep the first 15 dug. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.

Diggers age 15 and older must have a valid license. Washington's recreational license year is April 1 through March 31, meaning last year's license is not valid for the April digging.

An annual clam license for state residents is $11. A three-day license is $6.60.