First recreational clam dig approved for Copalis Beach

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The first recreational clam dig of the season has been approved for the holiday weekend.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has approved a razor clam dig at Copalis Beach for Dec. 24, 25 and 26.

All other Washington beaches remain closed to recreational razor clam digging.

Elevated levels of domoic acid had kept Washington's beaches closed to clam digging, but Copalis Beach clams have been cleared by state public health officials after several rounds of testing.

The Copalis Beach stretches from the Copalis River south to the Grays Harbor north jetty and includes the popular areas of Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis.