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More time to get shellfish with razor clam digs set

State announces seven dates to close out April for Washington coastal digging

The Columbian
Published: April 20, 2024, 5:55am
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Clam digging just south of the Oysterville approach at the northern end of Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County.
Clam digging just south of the Oysterville approach at the northern end of Long Beach Peninsula in Pacific County. (Allen Thomas for The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Razor clam diggers on the Washington coast will get more opportunities to dig starting next week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish managers announced.

“Another seven days of razing clam digging to round out the month of April,” said Bryce Blumenthal, a WDFW coastal shellfish biologist. “As a reminder, some areas of coastal beaches are usually closed to beach driving this time of year, but they are open during razor clam digging hours.”

Not all coastal beaches are open for every dig, so diggers are encouraged to make sure their intended destination is open before heading out.

Optimal digging occurs between one and two hours before the list time of low tide.

The following April 23-29 digs will proceed as scheduled, after marine toxin results from the state department of health showed razor clams are safe to eat.

  • Tuesday, April 23, 6:58 a.m. at Copalis (0.0 feet)
  • Wednesday, April 24, 7:30 a.m. at Long Beach, Mocrocks (-0.4 feet)
  • Thursday, April 25, 8:03 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (-0.6 feet).
  • Friday, April 26, 8:39 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (-0.7 feet)
  • Saturday, April 27, 9:19 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (-0.7 feet)
  • Sunday, April 28, 10:05 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (-0.5 feet)
  • Monday, April 29, 10:58 a.m. at Long Beach, Mocrocks (0.3 feet)

Additional tentative dates have been scheduled between May 6-12.

  • Monday, May 6, 5:41 a.m. at Mocrocks (-0.7 feet)
  • Tuesday, May 7, 6:28 a.m. at Long Beach, Mocrocks (-1.5 feet)
  • Wednesday, May 8, 7:13 a.m. at Long Beach, Copalis (-2.0 feet)
  • Thursday, May 9, 7:57 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (-2.1 feet)
  • Friday, May 10, 8:41 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (-1.9 feet, Long Beach Razor Clam Festival)
  • Saturday, May 11, 9:27 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (-1.4 feeet, Long Beach Razor Clam Festival)
  • Sunday, May 12, 10:16 a.m. at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis (-0.8 feet)

On all open beaches, the daily limit is 15 clams per person. Each digger’s clams must kept in a separate container, and all diggers must keep the first 15 clams they dig, regardless of size, or condition, to prevent waste.

Washingtonians must have a valid 2024-2025 recreational hunting and fishing licenses. Licenses can be purchased from WDFW’s licensing website, and from hundreds of license vendors around the state.

All diggers 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Additional razor clam information is available on the WDFW razor clam webpage.

Several sections of coast beaches are closed to driving now through Labor Day, except on days and hours when the recreational razor clam digging is open. These area are clearly mark with signs.

When driving on the beach, please respect the 25 mile-per-hour speed limit and enter only at designated access points.

Shellfish and seafood enthusiasts can also start making plans to attend the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival on May 10-11.

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