LONG BEACH, Wash. — Razor clam diggers will receive some good news at a pre-season public meeting scheduled by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the city of Long Beach Depot, 102 Third St. N.W.

State shellfish managers will present an update on coastal razor clam stocks and discuss options for structuring this year’s season. WDFW will begin setting openings for the fall digging season once the public has had a chance to comment.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said tests conducted over the summer point to another year of strong razor clam populations and digging opportunities. “The test show an even higher density of razor clams on most beaches than last year, when diggers enjoyed a banner season,” Ayres said. “That will translate into more days of digging at popular beaches such as Long Beach and Twin Harbors, so long as we don’t have any marine toxin issues.”

During the 2012-13 season, diggers harvested 6.1 million razor clams, the highest number in 15 years. Diggers averaged 14.5 clams per day, just shy of the 15-clam legal limit.

An overview of this year’s stock assessment is posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html. WDFW will also accept written comments on the stock assessment and possible digging options submitted to razorclams@dfw.wa.gov through Sept. 30.

“The test show an even higher density of razor clams on most beaches than last year, when diggers enjoyed a banner season,” Ayres said. “That will translate into more days of digging at popular beaches such as Long Beach and Twin Harbors, so long as we don’t have any marine toxin issues.”

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