Amidst COVID, razor clam digs digs have been scheduled through December; with 4 days of approved digging starting tomorrow.
In a release, The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife announced that state shellfish managers have scheduled 39 razor clam digs on ocean beaches.
Shellfish managers have also approved the first four days of razor clam digging starting Sept. 16 after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.
Final approval of tentatively scheduled openings depends on results of marine toxin tests.
While digging has been scheduled, the digs are contingent upon continued guidance by public health officials monitoring COVID-19.
Health agencies are asking people to:
The approved razor clam digs to date, along with low tides and beaches, are listed below:
No digging is allowed after noon for digs where low tide occurs in the morning. The tentative razor clam through December, along with low tides and beaches, are listed below:
No digging is allowed before noon during digs when low tide occurs in the afternoon or evening.
Public health officials will be closely monitoring new COVID-19 infection rates throughout the digging season and adjustments to the schedule may be made to reduce public health risk in-season.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.
Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from some 600 license vendors around the state. WDFW recommends buying your license before visiting coastal beach communities for this razor clam season.
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.
More information can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams