LONG BEACH, Wash. — State fishery managers have given the OK for a second razor clam dig this month, this one scheduled from Saturday through Jan. 24 on evening tides at various ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the eight-day dig after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Low afternoon tides the first few days will allow diggers to hit the beaches in daylight, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide. No digging is allowed at any beach before noon. Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.

Digging has been approved on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

• Saturday: 4:15 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis

• Sunday: 5:02 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

• Monday: 5:47 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

• Tuesday: 6:30 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

• Jan. 21: 7:13 p.m., -1.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

• Jan. 22: 7:56 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

• Jan. 23: 8:40 p.m., -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

• Jan. 24: 9:25 p.m., 0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis

WDFW also has proposed another dig in late January, tentatively set to begin Jan. 30 if marine toxin tests are favorable. That dig is tentatively scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

• Jan. 30: 3:43 p.m., 0.5 feet Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

• Jan. 31: 4:32 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks and Copalis

• Feb. 1: 5:15 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

• Feb. 2: 5:53 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

• Feb. 3: 6:27 p.m., -0.1 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

• Feb. 4: 6:59 p.m., 0.0 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

• Feb. 5: 7:30 p.m., 0.2 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

• Feb. 6: 8 p.m., 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

WDFW has razor clam recipes as well as advice on digging and cleaning clams at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams

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