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Recreational Shellfish - Regulations

Oregon Sport Regulations Summary for Marine Shellfish and Invertebrates

License Required to Take Marine Shellfish for Those 12 Years or Older
Limits and/or open areas may change. Call ODFW for current information.

The following summarized regulations apply to the Pacific Ocean, coastal bays, and beaches. For complete information, Sport Fishing Regulations books may be obtained at ODFW offices and wherever licenses are sold.

OPEN SEASON: Entire year and at all hours. Exceptions are listed under “Harvest Methods and Restrictions” in the table below, and except when any state agency has issued a public health advisory. To learn about current health advisories, contact Oregon Dept. of Agriculture (ODA), 800-448-2474 or check their website.

OPEN AREAS: All areas are open except Marine Gardens, Marine Reserves, Research Reserves, Habitat Refuges, and Shellfish Preserves. These areas have signs indicating their locations and are listed and mapped in the Sport Fishing Regulations book.


  1. Waste fish, shellfish or marine invertebrates.
  2. Use chemicals to take fish, shellfish or marine invertebrates.
  3. Assist in the harvest of another person’s catch except under a Permanent Disabilities Permit.
  4. Sell any sport caught fish or shellfish, except the skeletal remains of nongame marine fish.
Daily limit
Harvest method and restrictions
Abalone Suspended

Suspended through March 2021. See press release and commission news release

In addition, the 2018 OFWC materials are found here (abalone is exhibit E):

March 16, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting


24 scallops per day

  • Special permit required from ODFW.
  • For permit renewals, previous year's catch record must be submitted to ODFW before next year's permit will be issued.
  • Scallops brought ashore shall be whole and in such a condition that the size can be determined
  • Scallops must not be removed from their shell in the field, except when being prepared for immmediate consumption
  • Permits can be obtained at ODFW in Astoria, Newport, Charleston and Brookings.

Razor clams

First 15 taken
  • Razor clams may be taken by hand, shovel, or cylindrical gun or tube. The opening of the gun/tube must be either circular or elliptical with the circular gun/tube opening having a minimum outside diameter of 4 inches and the elliptical gun/tube opening having a minimum outside diameter dimension of 4 inches long and 3 inches wide.
  • May be taken by hand or hand-powered tools.
  • All razor, gaper, geoduck, piddocks, and softshell clams must be retained regardless of size or condition. All other unbroken clams may be returned only in immediate harvest area.
  • Unlawful to remove clams from the shell before leaving the harvest area.
  • Clatsop County beaches north of Tillamook Head closed to razor clams July 15 -September 30.
  • Each digger must have their own container, dig their own clams, and may not possess more than one limit of clams while in the harvest area except under a Permanent Disabilities Permit.

Bay clams

Gaper, Butter, Littleneck, Cockle, and Geoduck.

20 clams, of which only 12 in aggregate may be gaper clams or geoduck clams.

Softshell , Piddocks, and clams not otherwise listed First 36 taken.

Purple Varnish Clams

72 per day

Dungeness crab

12 male crabs, minimum size 5 ¾ inches

  • Bays, estuaries, beaches, tide pools, piers and jetties open all year.
  • Ocean closed for Dungeness crab October 16 – November 30
  • May be taken using crab rings, pots, or baited lines (Limited to 3 rings, pots or lines per person); or by hand, dip net, or rake.
  • Size is measured in a straight line across the back (caliper measurement) immediately in front of, but not including the points.
  • Undersize and female Dungeness crabs and unwanted crabs must be immediately released unharmed.
  • No more than 2 daily catch limits of Dungeness crabs (24) or red rock crabs (48) may be kept in a trap or live box. Holding devices prohibited in Pacific Ocean.
  • Crabs may not be mutilated so that sex, size or species cannot be determined prior to landing. Mutilated crabs may not be transported across state waters.

Red rock crab

24 crabs, any size or sex
Shrimp, prawns 20 pounds in the shell
  • May be taken using traps, pots, or rings.
Oysters no take allowed
  • Harvest of native oysters prohibited.
  • All cultured oysters are private property and may not be taken without the owner’s permission



  • May be taken by hand or hand-powered tools.
  • A special permit is required from ODFW to harvest mud and ghost shrimp by mechanical methods.
Mud and ghost shrimp (bait)
No limit
1 per day
  • May be taken by angling, dipnet, pot and hand.


No limit

  • May be taken by angling (squid jig and herring jig allowed), dipnet, cast net, hand, and hand powered tools.

Sand crabs, Mole crabs, Kelp worms and Sand worms

No limit

  • May be taken by hand or hand powered tools.
  • Unwanted marine invertebrates must be released alive.

All other marine invertebrates (sea urchins, chitons, snails, shore crabs, anemones, sea stars, and similar animals)

10 in aggregate

Contact ODFW for more information

Astoria (503) 325-2462
Newport (541) 867-4741

Charleston (541) 888-5515
Brookings (541) 412-7364

Este cartel tiene informacion importante acerca de las leyes de pesca de Oregon. Si no cumple con estas leyes se le puede imponer una multa o encarcelar.

Por favor pida a alguien que lea ingles que le explique la informacion contenida en este cartel.


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