State shellfish managers have approved four more days of razor clam digging at Mocrocks Beach only, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.
The approved morning razor clam digs at Mocrocks only, with some advantageous low tides for what will be the last digs of the season, are:
May 24, Monday; 5:32 a.m.; -0.7
May 26, Wednesday; 7:09 a.m., -1.6
May 28, Friday; 8:46 a.m.; -2.5
May 30, Sunday; 10:26 a.m.; -1.6
No digging is allowed after noon during digs when low tide occurs in the morning.
“The marine toxin results are in, they are low enough, and we are happy to open four more days of digging on alternate days at Mocrocks,” said Dan Ayres, state Department of Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager. “Opening on alternate days allows us to share dates with our tribal co-managers and ensure everyone has opportunities to dig during favorable tides.”
No other beaches are scheduled to open at this time. “We will soon begin our summer razor clam stock assessment and will be looking forward to some great digging starting in the fall,” said Ayres.
Many ocean beaches are open to motor vehicles, but drivers are required to follow the “rules of the road,” said Ayres. “Mocrocks beach only has three points of road access, so we are asking beachgoers to arrive early and exercise good judgment when accessing the beach,” he added.
Mocrocks Beach runs from the Copalis River north to the south boundary of the Quinault Indian Reservation and is accessible from several approaches off State Route 109 in and around Moclips: Second Street in Moclips; Andalyde Road, off First Street and Homer Street in Pacific Beach; and the Roosevelt Beach approach south of Seabrook. Find detailed beach maps that indicate locations and local names for beaches at Fish and Wildlife’s razor clam page, wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#.
A license is required for all diggers age 15 and older. They can be purchased from vendors or from the Fish and Wildlife website, wdfw.wa.gov. The limit is 15 clams and diggers are required to keep the first 15 they dig.