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

October 3, 2006

Razor clam dig starts Friday on ocean coast beaches

Action: Open razor clam season

Effective dates: Oct. 6 through Oct. 9, 2006, 12:01 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. each day.

Species affected: Razor clams

Opening dates and evening low tides are:

Friday, Oct. 6 (6: 39 p.m. -0.6) all beaches

Saturday, Oct. 7 (7: 28 p.m. -1.3) all beaches

Sunday, Oct. 8 (8: 16 p.m. -1.6) all beaches

Monday, Oct. 9 (9: 03 p.m. -1.6) Twin Harbors and Long Beach only

Location: Locations of the five beaches that will open for razor clam digging are:

Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Twin Harbors Beach, which extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay north to the mouth of Grays Harbor.

Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor North Jetty to the Copalis River, and includes beaches near Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut and Ocean City.

Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.

Kalaloch Beach, which extends from the South Beach Campground to Browns Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in the Olympic National ark.

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

Other information: 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. A license is required for anyone age 15 or older. Any 2006 annual shellfish/seaweed, combination fishing license is still valid. Another option is a razor-clam only license available in annual or three-day only versions.

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

Fishers must have a current Washington fishing license, appropriate to the fishery. Check the WDF