LONG BEACH, Wash. - Clam diggers have received the green light to proceed with a holiday razor clam dig Sunday through Jan. 20 on evening tides at several coastal beaches in Washington.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved digs all three days at Long Beach and Twin Harbors after a series of marine toxin tests confirmed that the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

Oregon clam digging remains open. Shellfish licences are required.

No recreational digging will be allowed before noon during the January opening.

Two ocean beaches - Copalis and Kalaloch - will not be open for digging this month.

For best results, Ayres recommends that clam enthusiasts start digging at least one hour before low tide.

Low tides during the three-day opening this month are as follows:

• Sunday, Jan. 18 - 3:40 p.m. (+0.2 feet)

• Monday, Jan. 19 - 4:38 p.m. (-0.3 feet)

• Tuesday, Jan. 20 - 5:31 p.m. (-0.7 feet)

Under WDFW rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition.

The open beaches for razor-clam digging are defined as follows:

• Long Beach extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula.

• Twin Harbors Beach extends from the mouth of Willapa Bay to the mouth of Grays Harbor.

• Mocrocks Beach.


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