3 Beaches Closed for the Season; Toxin Levels on the Rise

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) announced on May 4 the closure of three (3) Washington State beaches for razor clam digging.

A planned dig at Mocrocks will go ahead if additional toxin tests there come in under the health threshold.

Long Beach and Twin Harbors will remain closed after domoic acid tests indicated excessive levels beyond the Department of Health’s established threshold of 20 parts per million. Additional information on how testing for shellfish safety occurs, and why it is needed, can be found on the Department of Health Shellfish  website.

Toxic levels at Copalis beach came in under the threshold, but the beach will remain closed because the harvestable clams numbers for the season on that beach have been reached.

Look for dig announcements at Mocrocks soon.

Also, be sure to check out the Razor Clam Society beach map located here.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 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 from license vendors around the state and WDFW’s licensing customer service number at (360) 902-2464.IMG_1462

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