Twin Harbors open for razor clams Sept. 19-23
Numbers of clams appear to be drastically increased this year at most popular spots
The Seattle Times
Coastal razor clam enthusiasts can get a jump-start on the season as Twin Harbors opens Sept. 19-23 for evening low tides between noon and midnight each day.
“We need to get an early start if we want a chance to dig them up this coming season,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “We have 800,000 more clams available to harvest than we had last year.”
Twin Harbors had 1.5 million clams available for sport harvest last year, and this coming season 2.3 million will be up for grabs. At Mocrocks, the clam population is the highest ever measured dating back 20 years, and populations are also up at Copalis and Long Beach.
A total of 420,000 digger trips were made in 2012-13 with 6.1 million clams dug for an average of 14.5 clams per person (the first 15 clams dug regardless of size or condition is the daily limit).
State shellfish managers will present an update on stocks and discuss options at a public meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at the Long Beach Depot.
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