Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
October 27, 2017
Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628
WDFW approves razor clam dig at Long Beach, Twin Harbors; awaits further toxin tests on 2 beaches
OLYMPIA – A razor clam dig in early November will go ahead as planned at
Long Beach and Twin Harbors, but the status of two other ocean beaches
tentatively scheduled to open depends on results from additional toxin
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved the Nov.
3-5 dig on evening tides at Long Beach and Twin Harbors after marine toxin
tests showed that clams on those beaches are safe to eat. No digging will be
allowed before noon.
Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said that test results at
Mocrocks and Copalis meet state health standards, but the Washington
Department of Health has asked for one more test to be sure. WDFW expects to
announce the results of the testing early next week.
Tentative dig dates for Mocrocks and Copalis can be found on WDFW’s website
Ayres reminds people that they have a daily harvest limit of 15 razor clams
and must keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept
in a separate container.
The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low
* Nov. 3, Friday, 6:47 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
* Nov. 4, Saturday, 7:31 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
* Nov. 5, Sunday, 7:16 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 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.
WDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig for Dec. 1-4, pending results of
future toxin tests.