Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
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April 19, 2005

Razor clam beaches open for digging April 23-25

Action: All five Washington razor-clam beaches will open for digging on morning tides April 23, 24 and 25, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) confirmed today.

Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis and Twin Harbors will all be open for digging each day from midnight until noon, as will Kalaloch beach, which is jointly managed by Olympic National Park and WDFW.

Effective dates: April 23, 24 and 25, 2005 Digging is allowed from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 a.m. each day

Species affected: Razor Clams

Location: Long Beach, Mocrocks, Copalis, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch.

Reasons for action: . The three-day dig, tentatively announced last month, received final approval after a series of marine toxin tests showed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Information contact: Dan Ayres, WDFW, (360) 249-4628, Barb Maynes, ONP, (360) 565-3005

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.

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