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2-day Razor Clam Dig, Seafood Fest On WA Coast This Weekend

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for a two-day opening, Mar. 16-17, which coincides with the Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival in Ocean Shores Washington.

RAZOR CLAM DIGGERS. (WDFW)

State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.

The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides:

  • March 16, Saturday, 3:43 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors Beach, and Copalis Beach, which extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, and includes the Copalis, Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas. (see Map)
  • March 17, Sunday, 4:43 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors Beach, and Mocrocks Beach, which extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Seabrook, Pacific Beach and Moclips. (see Map)

“This is a weekend opening that should not be missed,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “The event features live music, clamming tutorials, clam chowder contests, clam-themed art and cooking demos, and of course, some of the best food you can get with a clam gun or shovel.”

For more clamming tips, festival goers can visit Ayres and his shellfish team at their information booth at the event. Ayres will be giving presentations on how to dig razor clams and how WDFW manages the season.

Ayres recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.

In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from the annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.

The Department sets these dates when possible to coincide with the local razor clam festival, knowing the importance it has for the local economy.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2018-19 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) 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.

Under state law, diggers at open beaches 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.

More information can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

Doing Brodies On Razor Clam Beds With Felony Warrants A Bad Idea, It Turns Out

You would think that if you had a mess of felony warrants out for your arrest in three states, carried a bogus driver’s license and had also jumped bail, you wouldn’t want to stretch your neck out too far.

You’d kind of want to just hunker down and keep clam, right?

A WDFW IMAGE SHOWS TRACKS ON A WASHINGTON RAZOR CLAM BEACH. (WDFW)

Not Skippy — or whatever his real name is.

About two weeks ago or so he drew the attention of a sharp-eyed Washington game warden while he allegedly did donuts on prized shellfish beds and in the surf near Ocean Shores.

It’s legal to drive on the beach, but Officer Warren Becker thought he might need to check on things, so he stopped the rig, inside of which were a woman and four kids.

When asked for his ID, the driver provided a driver’s license that had the name SKIPPY,” WDFW Law Enforcement reported on their Facebook page today.

Maybe the nickname for Skip D. Bail? Skip D. Town?

“As expected, the name came back with no record,” WDFW reported.

Perhaps if he’d used Skippyjon Jones or Jif or something else this all might have turned out differently, but with that ID now in question, Becker asked for the woman’s just to make sure she could legally drive the rig and children back home.

Things were about to get as bad for Skippy as an ultralow daylight opener is for those denizens of the South Coast’s sands.

“After running her information it turned out the female passenger was a protected person in a domestic violence no-contact order,” WDFW reported. “However, the respondent was a different person other than SKIPPY. The respondent also had numerous felony warrants and was considered to have high violent tendencies.”

Becker wasn’t so sure he should let everyone go on their way until he, er, dug to the bottom of Mr. Skippy’s identity, so he called in reinforcements.

“Working with the other responding units, Officer Becker was able to make a positive match to the actual name of the respondent in the no-contact order by using physicals, tattoos and Department of Licensing photographs,” WDFW said.

He wasn’t supposed to be anywhere near his copilot, but that wasn’t the worst of it.

“It turns out SKIPPY had multiple felony warrants in two adjoining states and 14 pending felony charges in Washington, including assault 2nd, forgery, money laundering, theft 1st, trafficking in stolen property and bail jumping,” WDFW reported.

Add using a fake driver’s license to the list.

The guy was booked into the Grays Harbor jail on all the warrants and violating the no-contact order, the agency said.

Take it from the razor clams you spun donuts on, Skippy, some days it’s just better to stay in your own shell, because now it’s looking like you’re about to be cooked.

Get Out Your Calendars! Tentative WA Coast Razor Clam Season Announced

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced a tentative schedule for the fall razor clam season set to begin in early October.

Final approval of all scheduled openings will depend on results of marine toxin tests, which are usually conducted about a week before a dig is scheduled to begin.

RAZOR CLAMMERS WORK THE BEACH DURING AN EARLY 2010 SEASON OPENER. (JASON BAUER)

“We’re releasing a tentative schedule to give people plenty of time to make plans to go digging this fall,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

State shellfish managers are also seeking public input on management options, including scheduling for spring digs. Comments on the spring digs can be sent via email to razorclams@dfw.wa.gov.

A summary of last season and an overview of the recently completed razor clam stock assessment are available in WDFW’s 2017-18 Razor Clam Management Plan at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fi…/shellfish/razorclams/seasons_set.html.

Based on beach surveys conducted this summer, WDFW estimates the total razor clam population on Washington’s beaches has decreased significantly from last season, which means fewer days of digging this season.

Ayres said the decline in clam populations was likely caused, at least in part, by an extended period of low salinity in surf zone ocean waters, particularly those near Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

“The total number of clams may be down this year, but we still expect good digging on most beaches,” Ayres said.

Proposed razor clam digs through December are listed below, along with evening low tides and beaches:

· Oct. 6, Friday, 7:49 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

· Oct. 7, Saturday, 8:33 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks

· Nov. 2, Thursday, 6:03 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Copalis

· Nov. 3, Friday, 6:47 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

· Nov. 4, Saturday, 7:31 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

· Nov. 5, Sunday, 7:16 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

· Dec. 1, Friday, 4:42 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis

· Dec. 2, Saturday, 6:49 p.m.; -1.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

· Dec. 3, Sunday, 6:15 p.m.; -1.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

· Dec. 4, Monday, 7:02 p.m.; -1.8 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

· Dec. 31, Sunday, 5:12 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks