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

April 29, 2008

Final razor clam dig starts Saturday

Action: Opens razor clam season

Effective dates: May 3 through May 7, 2008 (morning tides only)

Species affected: Razor clams

Location: Dates and low tides are:

Saturday, May 3, 5: 27 a.m., -0.3 ft: Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

Sunday, May 4, 6: 16 a.m., -1.2 ft: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks

Monday, May 5, 7: 04 a.m., -1.9 ft: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks

Tuesday, May 6, 7: 51 a.m., -2.3 ft: Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

Wednesday, May 7, 8: 39 a.m., -2.4 ft: Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

Locations of Washington's razor-clam digging beaches included in this opener are:

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

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

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, 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.

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

Other Information: Under Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife rules, 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 th