Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife FISHING RULE CHANGE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

December 22, 2005

Next razor clam dig set for Dec. 30, 2005

Action: Open razor clam season

Effective dates: Dec. 30, 2005 through Jan. 2, 2006 Digs are scheduled Dec. 30, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 at five beaches -- Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch. Two of them, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks, will offer a fourth evening of digging on Monday, Jan. 2. Digging is allowed from noon until midnight.

Species affected: Razor clams

Location: The five beaches that will open to razor-clam digging are: Long Beach, from the Columbia River north jetty to Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula. Twin Harbors, from the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor south to the mouth of Willapa Bay. Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River and includes the Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas. Mocrocks Beach, from the Copalis River to the Moclips River. Kalaloch Beach, from South Beach Campground to Browns Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in Olympic National Park.

Reasons for action: Marine toxins tests found that clams on these beaches are safe to eat.

Other information: Diggers must carry a valid 2005-06 fishing license to participate in the upcoming opening. Harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition. Each diggers limit must be kept in a separate container.

Information contact: Dan Ayres, WDFW (360) 249-4628

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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