Recreational Shellfish Alert
Mussel harvesting now open along the entire Oregon coast
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the opening of the south coast to recreational mussel harvesting. The entire Oregon coastline is now open for recreational mussel harvesting. Recent mussel samples from the south coast indicate the marine biotoxin paralytic shellfish poison has dropped below the closure limit.
Razor clamming is closed along the entire Oregon coast for elevated levels of domoic acid toxin.
Coastal scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten. Consumption of whole recreational scallops is not recommended. Crab, bay clams and oysters are also not affected by this closure, and are safe to eat. Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers.
Paralytic shellfish toxin and domoic acid are produced by algae and originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests with results below the limits.
For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474, the Food Safety Division at