Clam digs return this week to Twin Harbors. Shellfish managers approved a morning razor clam dig May 8-14 at Twin Harbors and May 10-11 at Long Beach.
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said two other beaches – Copalis and Mocrocks – are now closed for the season.
“We still have clams available for harvest at Twin Harbors and Long Beach, and we want to give diggers a chance to catch their limit before the season comes to an end,” Ayres said. “After this opening, we’ll take another look at how the catch on those beaches measures up against the harvest guidelines.”
Digging dates at those beaches, along with morning low tides, are as follows:
• May 8, Wednesday, 6:22 am -0.5 ft., Twin Harbors
• May 9, Thursday, 7:00 am, -0.8 ft., Twin Harbors
• May 10, Friday, 7:37 am, -0.9 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach
• May 11, Saturday, 8:12 am, -0.8 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach
• May 12, Sunday, 8:48 am, -0.7 ft., Twin Harbors
• May 13, Monday, 9:23 am, -0.5 ft., Twin Harbors
• May 14, Tuesday, 10:01 am, -0.2 ft., Twin Harbors
Officials remind diggers to avoid disturbing the western snowy plovers, nesting on the beaches through August. The small white birds are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as threatened and by the state as endangered.
Plovers – and their eggs – are extremely vulnerable at this time of year because the birds nest in the dry sand, Ayres said.
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.
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.
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.