OLYMPIA – The first razor-clam dig of the season will get under way Saturday at four ocean beaches.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the dig after marine toxin tests on all four beaches confirmed the clams are safe to eat.
Digging days and evening low tides for beaches scheduled to open are:
Saturday, 5:41 pm (+0.3 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Sunday, 6:26 pm, (-0.5 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
Monday, 7:11 pm, (-1.1 ft.); Long Beach, Twin Harbors
Oct. 16, 7:57 pm, (-1.5 ft.); Twin Harbors
Oct. 17, 8:44 pm, (-1.6 ft.); Twin Harbors
Oct. 18, 9:34 pm, (-1.4 ft.); Twin Harbors
“Low tides will occur relatively late in the day, so diggers need be prepared for darkness during evening digs in the fall,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2012-13 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license.
Each digger can take 15 razor clams per day, and must keep the first 15 clams they dig to prevent wastage. Each digger's clams must be kept in a separate container.
The department will announce additional razor-clam digs later this month.