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Mocrocks and Copalis beaches open for razor clam digs!
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers today confirmed razor clam digging reopens at Mocrocks beaches Feb. 4 followed by opportunities there on Feb. 6 and Feb. 8. This is in addition to Copalis Beach digs on Feb. 5 and Feb. 7. 

"It's been about nine months since we last had Mocrocks open for digging, so we are thrilled to have diggers return there," said Bryce Blumenthal, a WDFW coastal shellfish biologist. "We know this is another short-notice opener, but that's the unfortunate circumstance we face when reopening from a marine toxicity closure. The added bonus is offering harvest opportunities on consecutive days at Copalis and Mocrocks."

This set of digs during evening low tides will proceed after marine toxin results from the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) showed razor clams are safe to eat at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches. 

WDOH labs indicate domoic acid levels at Long Beach and Twin Harbors beaches were still above the health guideline levels. WDFW shellfish staff will continue to regularly dig test samples of razor clams to monitor the situation. The DOH requires that two test samples taken around seven days apart must fall under the health guideline level before a beach can reopen for razor clam digging.

Digging is prohibited in razor clam reserves, which are marked by 10-foot poles with signs. The Copalis reserve is located just south of the Ocean City approach. 

Under state law, the daily limit is the first 15 clams dug per person regardless of size or condition, and each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. 

For more information, go to the WDFW's razor clam webpage. The updated 2022-23 Razor Clam Management Plan is available on the WDFW’s website.
Below are the approved dates for razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches. Most successful digging occurs between one and two hours before the listed time of low tide. 

WDFW will announce future digging opportunities when marine toxin tests show it is safe to do so. Final approval of marine toxin testing usually occurs about a week or less prior to the start of each digging series. More information about domoic acid, as well as current levels at ocean beaches, can be found on WDFW's domoic acid webpage.

  • Feb. 3, Friday, 5:37 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Copalis 
  • Feb. 4, Saturday, 6:11 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Mocrocks 
  • Feb. 5, Sunday, 6:43 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Copalis 
  • Feb. 6, Monday, 6:43 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Mocrocks 
  • Feb. 7, Tuesday, 7:42 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Copalis 
  • Feb. 8, Wednesday, 8:11 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Mocrocks
Clamming during COVID-19
Digging this year is contingent upon continued guidance from public health officials monitoring COVID-19 in coastal communities. WDFW is being guided by risk assessments from local and state health officials, and clam diggers are reminded to recreate responsibly.
Health agencies are asking people to:
  • Stay home if sick
  • Bring personal protective equipment like hand sanitizer
  • Leave no trace: Pack out belongings and garbage
  • Purchase licenses ahead of the trip
  • Bring non-cash payment methods to reduce contact
  • Follow local ordinances and guidelines
License and regulation
All diggers age 15 or
older must have an
applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams.
Licenses range from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license or Fish Washington license. They are available from WDFW
online and from some 600 license vendors around the
WDFW recommends buying your license before visiting coastal beach communities for this razor clam season.

Buy your license
The gear
Getting started digging
razor clams can be pretty straightforward. Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Clam gun or shovel
  • Container/net to store your clams
  • License
  • Flashlight, headlamp, and/or lantern for night digs
  • Rain gear and a towel can come in handy
  • As can knee boots, hip waders, or chest waders
  • Watchful eye: Keep an eye on waves, especially during night tides

How to dig
Show us what you got
While you’re out digging razor clams, be sure to get some photos of the fun and your haul and participate in the Razor Clam Face-Off! Share your razor clam photos to social media using the hashtags #teamclamgun or #teamclamshovel to show your love for your preferred razor clam gear.

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