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

April 3, 2008

Morning razor clam dig starts Sunday

Action: Opens razor clam season

Effective dates: April 6 through April 9, 2008.

Species affected: Razor clams

Location: Twin Harbors, which extends from the south jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor south to the mouth of Willapa Bay. Long Beach, which extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point.

Early-April dates and low tides are:

Sunday, April 6, 7: 23 a.m., -0.7 ft: Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

Monday, April 7, 8: 09 a.m., -1.2 ft: Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

Tuesday, April 8, 8: 55 a.m., -1.5 ft: Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

Wednesday, April 9, 9: 43 a.m., -1.4 ft: Twin Harbors only

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

Other Information: 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.

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