Long Beach clam diggers to get an additional day




LONG BEACH — An extra day of razor clam digging tentatively has been approved for the Long Beach Peninsula.

Long Beach will be open March 31.

That means diggers can gather clams daily on the peninsula from March 28 through April 3.

Low tides will be 0.0 feet at 5:38 p.m. on March 28, 0.0 feet at 6:23 p.m. on March 29, -0.1 feet at 6:53 a.m. on March 30; -0.5 feet at 7:39 a.m. on March 31, -0.7 feet at 8:22 a.m. on April 1, -0.6 feet at 9:05 a.m. on April 2 and -0.3 feet at 9:49 a.m. on April 3.

Additional days were added to scheduled digs in April at Copalis and Mocrocks.

"We still have ample clams to provide additional digging opportunities for those beaches,'' said Dan Ayres, shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

March 31 is the final day a 2013-14 license is valid. Washington's licensing cycle is April 1-March 31.

Digging openings for late April and May will be announced after the state evaluates harvest levels next month, said Ayres.

The switch to morning digging begins on March 30.