For those with time to plan beyond the winter holidays, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled a new series of evening razor clam digs through February.
Under that plan, various ocean beaches will be open for 13 days in January and five days in February if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.
WDFW will announce final word on those digs about a week before they are scheduled to begin.
“We’re announcing these dates now so people can start making plans for the new year,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “We’ve had a terrific season so far, and expect plenty of great digging in the months ahead.”
Ayres noted that a dig now proposed to start New Year’s Day would effectively add five additional days to a dig previously planned during the last three days in December.
As in recent months, all digs are scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.
Digs are scheduled from Dec. 29 through Jan. 5, Jan. 15-18, Jan. 28 through Feb. 2, and Feb. 26-28. Information on the beaches that will be open for digging on those dates can be found on the WDFW website (wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html).
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.