Razor clam digging to begin Oct. 4 at Long Beach

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Seven dayd of razor clam digging on the Long Beach Peninsula in October have been approved tentatively by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Final approval will be announced next week provided marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

Digging dates, by beach and including low tides, are:

Oct. 4, Friday, 6:56 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks

Oct. 5, Saturday, 7:36 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks

Oct. 6, Sunday, 8:17 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors Mocrocks

Oct. 7, Monday, 9:48 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Oct. 8, Tuesday, 10:40 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors

Oct. 17, Thursday, 6:15 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Oct. 18, Friday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks

Oct. 19, Saturday, 7:38 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks

Oct. 20, Sunday, 8:16 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Oct. 21, Monday, 8:55 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Oct. 22, Tuesday, 9:34 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors

“We’re still in the process of determining additional fall and winter digging opportunities, but we wanted to give people a chance to start making plans for October,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager.

Diggers must keep the first 15 clams harvested, regardless of size or condition.

Each digger’s limit must be in a separate container.

A state license is required to dig. Several license options exist, ranging from a combination fishing license to a three-day razor-clam-only license costing $8.60.

An annual (April through March) clam license is $13.