Long Beach due 16 more days of razor clam digging

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LONG BEACH — Sixteen more days of razor clam digging on the Long Beach Peninsula have been announced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Final approval depends on marine toxin tests closer to the digs indicating the clams are safe to eat.

Digging tentative is scheduled from Feb. 27 through March 2.

Low tides will be 5:04 p.m., -0.7 feet on March 27; 5:49 p.m., -0.8 feet on Feb. 28; 6:32 p.m., -0.7 feet on March 1 and 7:13 p.m., -0.3 feet on March 2.

The next digging period and low tides would be 5:38 p.m., 0.0 feet on March 28; 6:23 p.m., 0.0 feet on March 29 and 6:53 a.m., -0.1 feet on March 30. The seasonal switch to morning tides would be on March 30.

Long Beach would reopen again April 1 through 3. Low tides are 8:22 a.m., -0.7 feet on April 1; 9:05 a.m., -0.6 feet on April 2 and 9:49 a.m., -0.3 feet on April 3.

The next tide series open would be April 15 through 20.

Low tides those dates are 7:24 a.m., -0.3 feet on April 15; 8:03 a.m., -0.6 feet on April 16; 8:43 a.m., -0.8 feet on April 17; 9:26 a.m., -0.8 feet on April 18; 10:14 a.m., -0.7 feet on April 19, and 11:06 a.m., -0.4 feet on April 20.

The second annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival will be April 19 and 20.

Washington’s recreational licenses operate on an April 1-March 31 cycle, so diggers in April will need a new license. Razor clam licenses cost $8.60 for three days or $13 annually. A combination fishing and shellfish license costs $54.25 annually.

All diggers age 15 or older must have a license. Diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and must keep the first 15 dug. Each diggers clams must be kept in a separate container.