ABERDEEN, Wash. - The last razor clam dig of the season will take place on two coastal beaches May 5 through 7 if marine toxin tests show the clams there are safe to eat, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

But Long Beach, from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point, will remain closed.

Provided test results are favorable, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch beaches will be open for digging mornings until noon Wednesday through Friday during the first week of May.

No digging will be allowed at Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches, where the state's annual razor clam allocation has already been harvested during previous digs.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said there are just enough clams remaining under the allocation for Twin Harbors and Kalaloch to allow the proposed weekday dig at those two beaches.

Ayres said the final word on whether Twin Harbors and Kalaloch will be open for digging will come May 3, when WDFW receives the results of the second and final marine toxin test from the Washington Department of Health. As in the past, WDFW will announce the decision on its Web site: (http://www.wa.gov/wdfw/) and the department's Shellfish Hotline (1-866- 880-5431).


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