2018-2019 Razor Clam Season Opener Confirmed

It’s time to scrub the rust off those shovels razor clammers! The new season start date is confirmed.

According to a press release from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), State shellfish managers have approved three days of digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

Be sure to check the Beach Map to ensure you are on the correct approved beach.

Upcoming digs are scheduled on the following dates, beaches and low tides:

  • Oct. 11, Thursday, 8:58 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Oct. 12, Friday, 9:41 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Oct. 13, Saturday, 10:26 p.m.; +0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

The DAILY LIMIT per person is 15 clams, no matter what condition they are in, once removed from the sand. That limit is subject to change. Always check with official sources if you have any questions. Digging prior to Noon during the Fall-Winter Season on the approved days is not allowed. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. And, each digger must keep their razor clams in a separate container. Don’t mix your clams. 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.

 

 

Marine Toxin Update Posted for Razor Clam Season Opener

The Washington Department of Fish &Wildlife (WDFW) announced on September 5 in this PRESS RELEASE the TENTATIVE schedule for the Fall 2018 Razor Clam Season.

An update has just been posted concerning the first of TWO required Marine Toxin test. And we are happy to report that the test results look favorable and may lead to a confirmed dig within the next couple of weeks.

Our good friends at the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) dictate the safety of the all shellfish prior to confirming digs. The protocol requires that all razor clam samples collected from that beach must test under the action level (20 ppm for domoic acid; 80 µg/100g for PSP; and 16 µg/100g for DSP) on both of the two required sample collections. You can find additional reading and research from WDOH HERE.

Test results posted are as follows:

WDOH

Note that in all of these samples; only razor clam meat tissue is tested.

These samples were all collected on 9/26/18.

9/26/18; Long Beach Area E (north):

  • domoic acid =   1 ppm
  • PSP = none detected
  • DSP = none detected

9/27/18; Twin Harbors Area CL (middle):

  • domoic acid =   1 ppm
  • PSP = none detected
  • DSP = none detected

9/27/18;  Copalis Area XL (middle)

  • domoic acid =   1 ppm
  • PSP = none detected
  • DSP = none detected

9/27/18; Mocrocks Area BC (south)

  • domoic acid =   1 ppm
  • PSP = none detected
  • DSP = none detected