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

April 25, 2006

Final razor clam dig of season gets green light to start April 28

Action: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis will all open for digging on morning tides April 28-30. Two of those beaches Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will also open for a fourth day of digging May 1.

Effective dates: April 28 through May 1, 2006

Species affected: Razor clams

Location: 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.

Reasons for action: Survey results show that adequate clams are available for harvest in Razor Clam Areas 1, 2 and those portions of Razor Clam Area 3 opened for harvest. Washington Department of Health has certified clams from these beaches to be safe for human consumption.

Other information: Under WDFW rules, 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 Ayers, (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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