An urgent message from Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
The recreational harvest of razor clams is closed from the Columbia River to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.
The recreational harvest of mussels is closed from the Columbia River to Heceta Head, north of Florence, for elevated levels of domoic acid. The recreational harvest of mussels is open from Heceta Head to the California border.
The recreational harvest of bay clams is open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border.
Recreational and commercial crab harvesting from the ocean, and in bays and estuaries, is closed from the Tillamook Head to the California border. It is always recommended you eviscerate crab and discard the “butter” (viscera or guts) prior to cooking. When whole crab are cooked in liquid, domoic acid may leach into the cooking liquid. It is recommended you discard the cooking liquid, and do not use it in other dishes, such as sauces, broths, soups, stews, stocks, roux, dressings, etc. The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended. Please refer to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website for recreational seasons.
Scallops are not affected by closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of whole recreationally caught scallops is not recommended.
Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers. Samples show no biotoxins at this time.