Razor Clam Beaches Closed- Season Postponed Until Further Notice

According to a press release from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) recreational razor clam season on coastal beaches is postponed effective immediately until further notice.

The press release stated:

Test results on razor clams indicate domoic acid levels are trending upward or, on most beaches, have exceeded the health guidelines for safe consumption set by Washington Department of Health (WDOH) officials.

“Recent storms appear to have resulted in a rapid increase in razor clam toxin levels, which requires immediate closures to these affected beaches,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “We’ll continue to work closely with our partners at WDOH to closely monitor razor clam toxin levels and reopen harvest as soon as clams are safe to eat.”

Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. More information about domoic acid, as well as current levels at ocean beaches, can be found on WDFW’s domoic acid webpage.

The Razor Clam Society will continue to monitor the situation and report information as it becomes available.

Thank you for your support.

7 More Days of Razor Climb Digs Approved

According to an PRESS RELEASE from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), 7 days of razor clamming have been approved beginning October 24, and running though October 30.

Marine toxin levels at Mocrocks beaches remain above the DOH’s health guideline level. The DOH requires two test samples taken 10 days apart, must fall under the health guideline level before a beach can reopen for razor clam digging.

Please Note: Digging is prohibited in the razor clam reserves that are marked by 10-foot poles with signs. The reserves are located just south of the Ocean City approach on Copalis; and 2.8 miles north of the Oysterville approach on Long Beach.

Be sure to get your official Razor Clam Society T-shirt while supplies last.

Be sure to check out the Razor Clam Society Beach Map to know where and when to dig.

Approved Dig Dates, Tide Times, and Beach Locations Appear Below.

Digging is allowed during the evening low tide only:

  • Oct. 24, Monday, 6:44 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Oct. 25, Tuesday, 7:24 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 26, Wednesday, 8:05 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Oct. 27, Thursday, 8:48 p.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 28, Friday, 9:35 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Oct. 29, Saturday, 10:28 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Oct. 30, Sunday, 11:27 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

2022-2023 recreational hunting and fishing licenses are required as of April 1.

The DAILY LIMIT per person is 15 clams, no matter what condition they are in, once removed from the sand, the clams must be kept. Always check with official sources if you have any questions. 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.

3 Digs Approved for 2022-2023 Razor Clam Season Opener Starting Today

According to an email communication from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), 3 days of razor clamming have been approved beginning today, September 28, and running though Friday, September 30.

Marine toxin levels at Mocrocks beaches remain above the DOH’s health guideline level. The DOH requires two test samples taken 10 days apart, must fall under the health guideline level before a beach can reopen for razor clam digging.

The email also notes that “Digging is prohibited in the razor clam reserves, which are marked by 10-foot poles with signs. The reserves are located just south of the Ocean City approach on Copalis; and 2.8 miles north of the Oysterville approach on Long Beach.”

Be sure to get your official Razor Clam Society T-shirt while supplies last.

Approved Dig Dates, Tide Times, and Beach Locations Appear Below.

Be sure to check out the Razor Clam Society Beach Map to know where and when to dig.

2022-2023 recreational hunting and fishing licenses are required as of April 1.

Digging is allowed during the evening low tide only:

  • Sept. 28, Wednesday, 9:06 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Sept. 29, Thursday, 9:51 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors
  • Sept. 30, Friday, 10:43 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis

The DAILY LIMIT per person is 15 clams, no matter what condition they are in, once removed from the sand, the clams must be kept. Always check with official sources if you have any questions. 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.