The state Department of Agriculture and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife have announced all Oregon beaches between the California border and the Columbia River are closed to razor clam harvesting.  Recent lab results indicate the marine biotoxin domoic acid has exceeded the closure limit along the entire coastline.


Meanwhile mussel harvesting is closed from the Columbia River to the north side of the Yachats River for elevated levels of the marine biotoxin paralytic shellfish poison.  Mussel harvesting remains open from the Yachats River south the California.


Recreational bay clam and crab harvesting remain open along the entire Oregon coast.  ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit.


Reopening an area closed for biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit. Contact ODFW for recreational license requirements, permits, rules and limits.


For more information call ODA's shellfish biotoxin safety hotline at (800) 448-2474, the Food Safety Division at (503) 986-4720, or visit the ODA recreational shellfish biotoxin closures webpage.


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