OLYMPIA — Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have given the go-ahead for the next round of razor clam digs on coastal beaches beginning Sunday, Oct. 3.
The announcement comes after the Washington Department of Health confirmed Tuesday that marine toxin levels are within allowable limits and razor clams from all open beaches are safe to eat.
Many diggers found success during the first opener in late September.
An estimated 55,700 diggers in the first nine days harvested more than 1 million clams, with many of those harvesting their limit, according to Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager with WDFW.
“I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better first round of digs,” Ayres said. “Some days nearly every digger was getting their 20 clams, and we came very close to what we projected the catch would be.”
WDFW encourages diggers to continue to follow responsible recreation guidelines, including following all state and local health guidance as COVID cases remain high across Washington. Diggers are urged to be respectful of local residents and communities they may visit while clamming.
The following digs were approved, along with the low tides and beaches:
A.M. TIDES ONLY
Oct. 3, Sunday, 4:52 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct. 4, Monday, 5:33 a.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Oct. 5, Tuesday, 6:12 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
P.M. TIDES ONLY
Oct. 6, Wednesday, 7:20 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Oct. 7, Thursday, 8:04 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct. 8, Friday, 8:50 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Oct. 9, Saturday, 9:38 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Oct. 10, Sunday, 10:32 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
Oct. 11, Monday, 11:32 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
Most successful digging occurs between one and two hours before the listed time of low tide.
No digging is allowed before noon during digs when low tide occurs in the afternoon or evening.
All open beaches (Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, and Copalis) have increased limits through the end of 2021, with diggers allowed to keep 20 clams instead of the usual 15.
Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container, and all diggers must keep the first 20 clams they dig, regardless of size or condition.
WDFW has tentatively scheduled dozens of additional digging dates in 2021 — details of those dates can be found at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams. All tentative dates are dependent on final marine toxin testing, which usually occurs about a week or less prior to each set of openings
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.