Today marks the first of two razor-clam digs scheduled in April as two ocean beaches – Long Beach and Twin Harbors – will be open for clam digging on morning low tides April 7-9. No digging will be allowed after noon.
Morning low tides for digging days already approved in April are:
April 7 (Thursday), 9:37 a.m. (0.1 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors
April 8 (Friday), 10:19 a.m. (0.2 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors
April 9 (Saturday), 11:07 a.m. (0.4 feet); Long Beach, Twin Harbors
If the toxin results are favorable Washington beaches could reopen for digging April 19 through April 23.
Diggers are reminded that anyone age 15 or older must purchase a 2011-12 license to participate in the April openings, since 2010-11 state fishing licenses expire March 31.
Various licenses, ranging from a three-day razor-clam license to a multi-species combination license, are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-246-9453) and from sporting goods stores and other retail license dealers around the state.
Diggers should also be aware that portions of the beach at Long Beach and Twin Harbors are closed to the public to protect nesting western snowy plovers, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
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.
Under state rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.