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Razor Clam Tides

Approved Digs in March:

  • March 16, Friday, 7:03 p.m.; +0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • March 17, Saturday, 7:36 p.m.; +0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

Proposed 2018 digs:

        March 16, Friday, 7:03 p.m.; +0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks

    March 17, Saturday, 7:36 p.m.; +0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

        April 19, Thursday, 9:46 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Mocrocks

        April 20, Friday, 10:37 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Mocrocks

        April 21, Saturday, 11:34 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin                Harbors, Mocrocks (digging hours will be extended to 1 p.m.)

         April 22, Sunday, 12:38 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin         Harbors, Mocrocks (digging hours will be extended to 2 p.m.)

WDFW NEWS RELEASE 
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091 

http://wdfw.wa.gov/

February 14, 2018
Contact: Dan Ayres, 360-249-4628

WDFW tentatively plans 8 days of razor clam digging in March, April

OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled razor clam digs through April on four ocean beaches.

Final approval of all scheduled openings at Copalis, Mocrocks, Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.

Ayres noted the digs in March are on evening low tides while those in April are on morning low tides.

No digging is allowed before noon during evening digs and digging must be completed by noon during morning digs. However, WDFW is making exceptions to that rule on two dates in April, since low tides occur close to noon those days, Ayres said.

WDFW will consider additional dates later this spring if sufficient clams remain available to harvest, Ayres said.

The proposed razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches, are listed below:

  • March 2, Friday, 6:54 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks
  • March 3, Saturday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks
  • March 16, Friday, 7:03 p.m.; +0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • March 17, Saturday, 7:36 p.m.; +0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • April 19, Thursday, 9:46 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 20, Friday, 10:37 a.m.; -0.7 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 21, Saturday, 11:34 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging hours will be extended to 1 p.m.)
  • April 22, Sunday, 12:38 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks (digging hours will be extended to 2 p.m.)

Under state law, diggers 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.

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.

Razor Clams

Please remember to check with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for last minute changes to the razor clam digging , rules and regulations.

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Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:

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Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Kalaloch Beachwhich extends from the South Beach Campground to Brown’s Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park. 

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