The first razor clam digs of 2020 have been approved.
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife have approved these first digs of the decade after toxin tests we done on the local clams.
Diggers can return to ocean beaches for seven days of evening digging beginning Jan. 8.
The approved dig is for the following beaches, dates and low tides:
No digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, when low tide occurs in the evening.
In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from an annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date.
Proposed razor clam digs for Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks include:
Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.
For a full list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through February, as well as additional details, visit the razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#current. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2019-20 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.