Several Beaches Remain Closed To Razor Clam Digging

Posted on May 13, 2021

The Oregon State Police and other local law enforcement are taking enforcement action against unauthorized razor clamming along the Northern Oregon Coast particularly in the popular Clatsop Beach area.  Razor clamming remains closed from the north jetty of the Siuslaw River to the Columbia River (including inside the Columbia River) due to high domoic acid levels.  This is basically the coastline from Florence to Astoria. 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 toxins and domoic acid toxins are produced by algae and originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins twice per month, as tides and weather permits. Reopening an area closed for biotoxins requires two consecutive tests with results below the closure limit. Updated clamming info – 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: https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery .

ODFW information on recreational shellfish is on our Recreation Report https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/crabbing-clamming-report/marine-zone

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