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Clam digging given go-ahead for Nov. 24

Toxin tests show clams safe to eat

By , Columbian staff writer
Published: November 22, 2019, 5:11pm

Razor clam diggers have been given the green light for the next seven-day razor clam season, starting Sunday, Nov. 24.

The OK was given after marine toxin tests showed that the clams were safe to eat.

The digs will be held during evening and night time low tides. The dates and beaches approved for digs are listed below.

• Nov. 24, Sunday, 4:47 pm, -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

• Nov. 25, Monday, 5:34 pm, -1.0 feet; Long Beach Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

• Nov. 26, Tuesday, 6:18 pm, -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

• Nov. 27, Wednesday, 7:02 pm, -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

• Nov. 28, Thursday, 7:44 pm, -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

• Nov. 29, Friday, 8:29 pm, -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

• Nov. 30, Saturday, 9:10 pm, -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

No digging is allowed before noon when low tide occurs in the evening.

“It’s great to find time for digs over the Thanksgiving holiday, ” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager in a news release. “Razor clams are a great addition to your feast, and it’s fun to bring guests from out of state along for a distinctive Washington experience.”

For tentative dates set for December, visit: https://wdfw.wa.gov/news/wdfw-announces-additional-tentative-razor-clam-digs-through-december.

The proposed dates will be approved if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

“Diggers want to be sure to come prepared with good lighting devices and always keep an eye on the surf, particularly at this time of year when low tides come at dusk and after dark,” continued Ayres.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach

State law specifies that diggers at open beaches can take up to 15 razor clams per day, are required to keep the first 15 they dig, and must keep their own clams in a separate container.

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