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

March 4, 2008

Six-day razor clam dig starts Friday

Action: Open Razor clam season

Effective dates: March 7 through March 12, 2008

Species affected: Razor clams

Location:

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

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

Opening dates and tides are:

March 7, Friday, 6: 21 p.m., +0.3: Twin Harbors only

March 8, Saturday, 6: 58 p.m., +0.5: Twin Harbors and Longbeach only

March 9, Sunday, 8: 28 a.m., +0.3: Twin Harbors and Longbeach only (switch to morning tides; daylight savings time starts)

March 10, Monday, 9: 12 a.m., 0.0: Twin Harbors only

March 11, Tuesday, 9: 59 a.m., -0.1: Twin Harbors only

March 12, Wednesday, 10: 51 a.m., 0.0: Twin Harbors only

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

Other Information: The dig will open on evening tides March 7 and 8, then switch to morning tides March 9-12. Clam digs on evening tides are allowed only during the hours between noon and midnight, while each morning dig must be completed by noon. Diggers must carry a valid 2007-08 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 digger's 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.