Razor clam digs have been proposed through December.
The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife tell KXRO that state shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled additional razor clam digs on ocean beaches for dates in October, November and December.
Tentative morning digs are proposed this month for Long Beach September 27-29 before evening digs come to other local beached starting October 26 and running through December 29.
Ayres notes that low tides around New Years are not low enough for successful razor clam harvest, so digging will not open then.
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.
WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.
The proposed razor clam digs to date, along with low tides and beaches, are listed below:
No digging is allowed after noon for the late September digs where low tide occurs in the morning.
No digging is allowed before noon during digs in October, November and December where low tide occurs in the afternoon or evening.
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.
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/shellfish/razorclams/.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. WDFW razor clam digs support outdoor lifestyles and coastal economies.