Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
At this time, Twin Harbors and Long Beach remain tentative and not approved, but additional domoic acid tests conducted by the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) will provide a final determination on those beaches by Friday morning. WDFW will announce whether these beaches have also been approved on Friday as well.
“In the last few days, we’ve seen increasing levels of the algae that can cause domoic acid in ocean water at Long Beach and Twin Harbors,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Our first priority is safety, and we, working alongside the Department of Health, are reserving judgment on opening of these areas in order to ensure safety for all those who enjoy this activity.”
- October 26, Saturday, 5:59 pm, 0.0 feet; Copalis
- October 27, Sunday, 6:47 pm, -0.8 feet; Mocrocks
- October 28, Monday, 7:33 pm, -1.2 feet; Copalis
- October 29, Tuesday, 8:18 pm, -1.4 feet; Mocrocks
- October 30, Wednesday, 9:03 pm, -1.2 feet; Copalis
- October 31, Thursday, 9:50 pm, -0.8 feet; Mocrocks
- November 1, Friday, 10:38 pm, -0.2 feet; Copalis
No digging is allowed before noon for allowed digs, where low tide occurs in the evening.
For a list of proposed razor clam digs on Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks beaches through December, please see WDFW’s razor clam website. Final approval of the tentatively scheduled openings of all digs depends on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.
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.
WDFW is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting and other outdoor recreation opportunities. To watch a video showing how WDFW maintains sustainable razor clam populations visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams.