NEWS RELEASE Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
February 16, 2017 Contact: Dan Ayres, (360) 249-4628
Razor clam dig begins Feb. 23, more proposed through April
OLYMPIA – Razor clam diggers can count on evening digs starting Feb. 23 and begin planning trips this spring to Washington’s beaches after state shellfish managers today announced a schedule of proposed digs through April. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening at three ocean beaches later this month after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.
The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:
- Feb. 23, Thursday, 4:42 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
- Feb. 24, Friday, 5:21 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
- Feb. 25, Saturday, 5:58 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
- Feb. 26, Sunday, 6:34 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
- Feb. 27, Monday, 7:11 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors
- Feb. 28, Tuesday, 7:48 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors
WDFW also announced a list of proposed digs in March and April, subject to the results of additional marine toxin tests. Shellfish managers will announce a final decision on those openings about a week before each dig is set to begin. Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW, noted that the current schedule does not include proposed digs this spring for Twin Harbors or Long Beach. We’re waiting to see how the next few rounds of marine toxin tests go before we set a schedule for those beaches,” Ayres said. Toxin levels on Washington’s southern beaches – Twin Harbors and Long Beach – have been declining. Twin Harbors opened earlier this month when levels of domoic acid met public health standards. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.
If toxin levels at Long Beach continue to drop, the beach could open in March for digging, Ayres said.