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

November 28, 2006

Razor clam dig cleared to begin Saturday at four ocean beaches

Action: Open razor clam season

Effective dates: December 2, 20006 through December 3, 2006, 12:01 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. each day.

Species affected: Razor clams

Opening dates and evening low tides are:

Saturday, Dec. 2 (4: 16 p.m. -0.4) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch

Sunday, Dec. 3 (5: 07 p.m. -1.0) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch

Monday, Dec. 4 (5: 56 p.m. -1.3) Twin Harbors only

Location: Locations of the beaches that will open for 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 Brown's Point (just south of Beach Trail 3) in Olympic National Park. Visitors to the park are advised to consult area bulletin boards for park safety and other information.

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. Descriptions of the various licensing options are available on the WDFW website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/.

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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