State shellfish managers have approved a six-day razor clam dig beginning February 7 on three ocean beaches.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.
This is the first dig at Twin Harbors since late November when domoic acid levels spiked there, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.
“Toxin levels have been dropping over the last several weeks at Twin Harbors and now meet public health standards,” Ayres said. “This is great news for razor clam diggers.
The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:
- Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
- Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
- Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
- Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
- Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
- Feb. 12, Sunday, 7:34 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Mocrocks, Twin Harbors
Razor clam diggers should note that Copalis will be closed the last three days of the dig, when Mocrocks and Twin Harbors remain open, Ayres said.
WDFW often opens Copalis and Mocrocks for the same dates due to the proximity of the beaches. “We’re able to provide more opportunities by opening Mocrocks separately for a few days this dig,” Ayres said.
Copalis beach includes Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas while Mocrocks includes Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. Maps of the beaches can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage.
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.
All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 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 and from license vendors around the state.
Long Beach remains closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities.