Clamming Information (Shellfish Safety information from the WA Dept of Health)

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RAZOR CLAMMNG INFORMATION

 SEASON UPDATE: The tentatively planned late march razor clam opening at Copalis, Mocrocks will proceed. Results from the most recent round of marine toxin testing for these two beaches are below the action level. However, the tentative Twin Harbors dates must be cancelled because one sample area tested above 20 ppm. See the details below.

 March 24, Friday, 5:01 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Mocrocks

 March 25, Saturday, 5:44 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis

 March 26, Sunday, 6:24 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Mocrocks

PLEASE NOTE: We will again be alternating open days between Copalis and Mocrocks. This schedule will allow diggers visiting this area of our coast to have a total of 3 days of digging. However, diggers will need to be very careful that each day they are on the correct beach. Please know that had we run these openings consecutively, there would only have been a total of 2 days of digging.

 The specific toxin levels for razor clams collected from all beaches are listed below. As was noted above, the most recent set of Twin Harbors marine toxin results have one (of three) areas testing above the action level. Two new sets of razor clam samples, at least one week apart will need to be collected from Twin Harbors with all testing below the action level - before we can re-open this beach.

However, you will also see below that in the last round of results collected at Long Beach, all four areas sampled on this beach tested in single digits. Long Beach razor clam samples will be collected again on 3/26 and IF all areas test below 20 ppm – it will be the second good set of toxin samples and we will open Long Beach as soon as we can.

The Peninsula is among five state-designated razor-clam digging beaches on the Washington coast, along with Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks  and Kalaloch.

The peninsula, stretches 24 miles, from Beards Hollow near North Head Lighthouse to Leadbetter Point State Park.

Thousands maybe even tens of  thousands will dig for clams along the beach when tides get low in the spring.

Rules and Regulations

Before harvesting, check the beach to determine if a  beach is open or if there are any health restrictions. You can check if there are any marine toxin level restrictions by calling the Marine Biotoxin Hotline maintained by the Washington Department of Health at 1-800-562-5632

License Requirements
A Shellfish/Seaweed License  is required for harvesting razor clams and must be in the harvester's  immediate possession and available for inspection during harvest and  transport. Everyone claiming a limit must actively participate in the harvesting process, unless they possess a disability permit.

Bag Limit
The first fifteen razor clams regardless of size or condition must be retained. One daily limit of fresh shellfish may be in possession. Additional shellfish may be possessed in a frozen or processed form. Razor clams may not be returned to the beach. For razor clams, holes do not have to be refilled as is required for hardshell clam digging.

Allowable Harvesting Gear
Razor clams may be taken by hand, hand-operated shovel, or tube with a minimum outside diameter of 4" or (4" x 3" if elliptical). Each digger must use a separate container, but may share digging equipment.

Beach Use
It is illegal to drive any vehicle, or  lead or ride a horse on the clam beds. You must stay on the upper "hard-sand area". Pressure from the weight of the vehicles or digging action of horses' hooves cause clam mortality.

For more information see: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/rules_regs.html

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Map of Razor Clam Beaches

Beaches in Washington with razor clam fisheries include:

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

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

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.

Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Browns Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National Park.

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