A morning razor clam dig has been approved starting on Wednesday that will run an entire week at Twin Harbors and some of those days at the three other beaches.
Long Beach and Mocrocks will be open to digging for four days and Copalis will be open for three during the week long dig.
State officials are warning diggers to avoid disturbing western snowy plovers during the digs and during any time for beachgoers. The birds are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.
“We urge clam diggers to be careful when driving on the beach or walking through the dunes,” Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Under state law, all vehicles are required to travel along the extreme upper limit of the hard sand. When in doubt, follow the path marked by multiple tire tracks.”
He also asks that diggers avoid signed upland beach areas at Long Beach and Twin Harbors, which are closed to protect nesting western snowy plovers.
At Twin Harbors, the closed areas are located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park.
Digging dates, along with morning low tides, at the four beaches are as follows:
April 24, Wed., 6:10 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin Harbors
April 25, Thurs., 6:54 a.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors
April 26, Fri., 7:38 a.m., -1.5 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
April 27, Sat., 8:24 a.m., -1.7 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
April 28, Sun., 9:11 a.m., -1.7 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis
April 29, Mon., 10:01 a.m., -1.5 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
April 30, Tues., 10:55 a.m., -1.0 ft., Twin Harbors
To participate, diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.
By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.