How to Clean Razor Clams

David Campiche, owner of the Shelburne Inn, a Washington Historic Hotel, demonstrates how to clean Razor Clams, a Northwest specialty. David grew up on the Long Beach Peninsula and has enjoyed digging, cleaning and eating Razor Clams all his life. He shares with you the sometimes messy but always gratifying job of preparing these delectable clams for your favorite recipe.

RECREATIONAL RAZOR CLAM OPENER: The March 2010 recreational razor clam opener will proceed as planned. The marine toxin tests have been completed and the Washington Department of Health has found razor clams are safe for human consumption. The following are the dates and locations of this razor clam harvest opportunity:
  • Friday, March 26, (4:29 p.m., +0.1) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Kalaloch
  • Saturday, March 27, (5:19 p.m., -0.1) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks, Kalaloch
  • Sunday, March 28, (6:04 p.m., 0.0) Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Monday, March 29, (6:35 A.M., -0.1) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • Tuesday, March 30, (7:22 A.M., -0.7) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • Wednesday, March 31, (8:07 A.M., -1.0) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
  • Thursday, April 1, (8:52 A.M., -1.0) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only

Please be aware that every beach is not open every day. Having the flexibility to offer variable beach openers allows us to provide more harvest opportunity.

If you are unsure of the name of the razor clam management beach where you plan to harvest razor clams, please take a look at the map we have at the following web link: http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/

Note two important items:

A new license will be needed to participate in any harvest after April 1.

·         The tides switch from P.M. to A.M. on March 29.

About Laurie Anderson

Co-Owner of The Shelburne Inn, Restaurant & Pub.
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2 Responses to How to Clean Razor Clams

  1. David, you’re giving me clam digging fever–those are some lovely BIG ones! I’d also add for newbies: don’t freak out when you see a tube pop out of the digestive sac during cleaning (this always grosses out the teenagers in our group). I’m told it’s a digestive enzyme, not what the kids are joking it is. :)

    Looking forward to the next dig!

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