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South Coast opens for razor clam harvesting

Aug 4, 2023

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce a new shellfish opening. Razor clamming is open from Cape Blanco (north of Port Orford) to the California border.

Recent samples show levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have dropped below the closure limit. Razor clamming remains open from Seal Rock to the north jetty of the Siuslaw River.

Razor clamming remains closed from the Washington border to Seal Rock, and from the south jetty of the Siuslaw River to Cape Blanco, for elevated levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid. A conservation closure is also in effect through Sept. 30 on Clatsop beaches.

Crab, mussel and bay clam harvesting remain open along the entire Oregon coast.

Oregon Department of Agriculture 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 Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for recreational license requirements, permits, rules and limits.

For more information call Oregon Department of Agriculture's (ODA) 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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Contact:

ODA, Alex Manderson (503) 801-0751
Michelle Dennehy, (503) 931-2748, Michelle.N.Dennehy@odfw.oregon.gov

 
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