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2015 Razor Clam Season on the Long Beach Peninsula

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 12.28.06 PMThe 2015 Razor Clam Season is here! This year is expected to be even better than last year’s banner season, with over 6 million razor clams harvested! The whole family can take part in this uniquely Pacific Northwest subsistence activity.

Read the latest WDFW press release on clam digs.

APPROVED DATES:

April 4, Saturday, 7:23 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 5, Sunday, 7:57 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 6, Monday, 8:32 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 7, Tuesday, 9:09 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 8, Wednesday, 9:48 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 9, Thursday, 10:32 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 10, Friday, 11:23 a.m.; 0.4 feet; Long Beach Peninsula

2015 Tentative DATES:

April 17, Friday, 6:03 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 18, Saturday, 6:52 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 19, Sunday, 7:39 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 20, Monday, 8:25 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 21, Tuesday, 9:11 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 22, Wednesday, 9:57 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 23, Thursday, 10:46 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
April 24, Friday, 11:38 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach Peninsula

May 2, Saturday, 6:23 a.m., 0.2 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
May 3, Sunday, 6:59 a.m., -0.3 feet; Long Beach Peninsula

May 7, Thursday, 9:30 a.m., -0.8 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
May 8, Friday, 10:14 a.m., -0.7 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
May 9, Saturday, 11:03 a.m., -0.4 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
May 10, Sunday, 11:58 a.m., -0.1 feet; Long Beach Peninsula

May 15, Friday, 4:58 a.m., -0.2 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
May 16, Saturday, 5:50 a.m., -0.9 feet; Long Beach Peninsula
May 17, Sunday, 6:38 a.m., -1.5 feet; Long Beach Peninsula

Harvest Rules:

        • By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
        • All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 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 on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
        • The final word on beach openings is announced about a week before each dig is scheduled to start, provided marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.
        • Information about current and proposed digs, as well as the location of Washington’s razor clam beaches, is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

Here is a GREAT video, by David Campiche of the Shelburne Inn and Restaurant on how to clean your razor clams! YouTube Preview Image

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers arrive at the beach an hour or two before low tide for best results. However, digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.

“Low tides will occur fairly late in the day, so diggers should be prepared to dig in the dark,” Ayres said.

Anyone interested in taking up razor clam digging can get some tips from WDFW’s Great Getaways webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/vacation/coast_razor_clamming.html.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 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 on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/.

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

 

 

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