Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

April 16, 2004

Morning razor clam dig approved on coastal beaches

Actions: Five state razor clam beaches open to razor clam digging on morning tides.

Effective Date: See locations below.

Species affected: Razor clams

Location:

Long Beach - from Cape Disappointment to Leadbetter Point (included Seaview, Cranberry, Klipsan, Ocean Park and Oysterville) will be open to clam digging on morning tides for four days, April 21-24.

Twin Harbors - Cape Shoalwater to the Grays Harbor South Jetty (included North Cove, Grayland, and Wesport) will be open to clam digging on morning tides for four days, April 21-24.

Copalis - Grays Harbor North Jetty to the Cooalis River (indlues Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis) will be open three days on morning tides April 22-24.

Mocrocks - Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Indian Nation (includes Iron Spring, Rosevelt, Pacific Beach, and Moclips) will be open three days on morning tides April 22-24.

Kalaloch - Olympic National Park South Beach Campground to Brown's Point (just south of Olympic National Park Beach Trail #3) will be open three days on morning tides April 22-24.

Reason for action: Department of Health marine toxin tests confirmed the clams at these beaches are safe to eat.

Other information: Digging is allowed from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. Harvesters are limited to 15 razor clams per day and must keep the first 15 they dig, regardless of size or condition. Each digger's limit must be kept in a separate container.

Contact: Dan Ayres, WDFW (360) 249-4628, or Barbara Maynes, Olympic National Park (360) 563-3005.

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDFW "Fishing in Washington" rules pamphlet for details on fishing seasons and regulations. Fishing rules are subject to change. Check the WDFW Fishing hotline for the latest rule information at (360) 902-2500, press 2 for recreational rules. For the Shellfish Rule Change hotline call (360)796-3215 or toll free 1-866-880-5431.