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Oregon coast now open to mussel harvesting

October 20, 2023

SALEM, Ore – Mussel harvesting is now open along the entire Oregon coast after the second test result for paralytic shellfish toxin on the southern coast was under the safety threshold. The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the reopening today.

Other recreational shellfish information:

Razor clamming

  • Open from the Washington border to Tillamook Head.
  • Closed from Tillamook Head to Seal Rock.
  • Open from Seal Rock to the California border.

Bay clamming

  • Open along the entire Oregon coast.

Recreational ocean crabbing

ODA will continue testing for shellfish toxins at least twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening an area closed for biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit.

For more information call ODA's shellfish biotoxin hotline at (800) 448-2474, the ODA Food Safety Program at (503) 986-4720, or visit the ODA Recreational Shellfish Biotoxin Closures Webpage.

Contact ODFW for recreational license requirements, permits, rules, and limits.


Contact: Judy Dowell, ODA, 503-871-2118
Meghan Dugan, ODFW, 541-315-6629
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