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Razor clam harvesting open on central Oregon coast; Clatsop beaches remain closed

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce the opening of all razor clam harvesting on the central Oregon coast.

Razor clamming is now open from Cape Lookout (just south of Netarts Bay) south to the California border. Recent shellfish samples taken from this area indicate levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have fallen below the alert level.  Razor clamming remains closed from Cape Lookout north to the Columbia River (including inside the Columbia River). This area of the north coast includes the popular Clatsop beaches which remain closed with razor clam samples well above the alert level. Click here for a map of the open and closed areas.

“With a sample below the closure threshold two weeks ago, we were hopeful Clatsop beaches would reopen this weekend, but that’s not the case,” said Matt Hunter, ODFW Shellfish Project Leader. “However, Newport area beaches are now open so folks have more areas on the coast to razor clam.”

The closure threshold for domoic acid in razor clams is 20 ppm (parts per million). Clatsop beach samples were 33 ppm.

Other razor clam harvest areas include beaches in Gold Beach, Bandon, and Winchester Bay among others. 

Mussel, bay clam and crab harvesting remain open along the entire Oregon coast. Coastal scallops are not affected by biotoxin closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten. ODA does not recommend eating whole scallops. Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers. 

Paralytic shellfish toxin and domoic acid toxin 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 an area closed for biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit. 

For more information call ODA’s shellfish biotoxin safety hotline at (800) 448-2474, the Food Safety Division at (503) 986-4720, or visit the ODA Shellfish Biotoxin Closures webpage.

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

 

Water Rescue at 852 Lighthouse Drive, Newport

4:04pm  Water Rescue operation underway at Yaquina Head.  Surfer is up on the rocks – appears stranded.  Coast Guard is launching a helicopter and a Coast Guard vessel.  Rescuers are at Agate Beach Wayside.  Surfer(s) may be stranded on a rock outcropping off Agate Beach.

4:24pm  Coast Guard helicopter and a Coast Guard vessel to retrieve those on the rocks.  Wave size looks like 3 to 5 feet with light chop.

4:34pm  Coast Guard helicopter will be launching shortly to retrieve male on the rocks.

4:35pm  Coast Guard Helicopter is on scene to rescue the male on the rocks.

5:13pm  Surfer has been air-lifted from the rocky ledge near the lighthouse and is back on solid ground.

5:24pm  Surfer rescue operation is complete.  Injured person is being taken to Samaritan PCH in Newport. 

Water Rescue Off Olivia Beach, Lincoln City

3:30pm  Water Rescue operation underway at Olivia Beach at SW Anchor Drive.  One or two people involved.  

3:39pm   At least one person is out of the water in front of 2713 SW Anchor.   Ambulance is enroute to transport one victim to North Lincoln Hospital in Lincoln City.

Rescued by Wallace Kaufman

Heron Chick Falls from Tree – Wallace Kaufman was there to rescue it…

I could not return this chick to its nest 50 ft up in a fir canopy. Besides, the fall had broken the left wing. I took it home, fed it my best frozen tuna (unfrozen), a few fresh sculpins, then brought it to bird rehab at the aquarium. If they can fix the wing, it will rise again, fish again. If not, it will pass away peacefully. Better than death by fox, possum, bobcat, or coyote.

Wallace Kaufman
Newport

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