The Ocean Shores Razor Clam and Seafood Festival celebrates opening day for harvesting one of the most sought after shellfish in the state of Washington. Recreational digging for razor clams is truly a family sport, enjoyed by young and old alike. To dig for razor clams, you need a clam license, clam shovel or specialized tube, and container (a plastic bucket will do) to collect your clams. The Festival offers activities for the entire family, including clamming “101” and other workshops, chowder contests, clam art, food, live music, beer & wine tasting, vendors selling handmade crafts and fishing gear, and kids activities. More info: https://www.osrazorclamfestival.org/.
Digging razor clams is limited to specific dates set by Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). Razor clams season occurs several times during the year, to allow digging during daylight spring tides when there is better weather and during fall and winter when diggers have to deal with the elements, but not as many clam diggers. During certain times of the year, marine toxins, produced by some species of diatoms (algae) are taken in by razor clams and concentrated. If clams are harvested at these times, these toxins can cause illness and can be fatal to humans. The WDFW in cooperation with the Washington Department of Health (DOH) sample clams on a routine basis. If high toxin levels are detected, clam seasons are delayed or closed.