Razor clam diggers can return to Twin Harbors beach for a three-day opening that begins Nov. 26, state shellfish managers said today.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides at Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests confirmed clams from the beach are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon.
Diggers had plenty of success last weekend at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.
“Not only were most folks digging their limits but they were harvesting some good-sized clams,” Ayres said.
The upcoming dig is approved at Twin Harbors on the following dates and low tides:
Nov. 26, Saturday, 4:47 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Twin Harbors
Nov. 27, Sunday, 5:24 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors
Nov. 28, Monday, 5:59 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
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 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 at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov 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.
More information about razor clams and domoic acid can be found on WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/