Dangerous marine toxins forces closure of all Oregon razor clamming

FILE - This Thursday, May 28, 2020, file photo shows Haystack Rock is seen in the distance from...
FILE - This Thursday, May 28, 2020, file photo shows Haystack Rock is seen in the distance from a balcony of The Ocean Lodge, in Cannon Beach, Ore. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)(Gillian Flaccus | AP)
Published: Sep. 30, 2022 at 3:46 PM PDT
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OREGON COAST (KPTV) – The Oregon Department of Agriculture has paused all razor clam harvesting along the entire Oregon coast. Officials say recent lab results are indicating marine biotoxin domoic acids are exceeding allowed limits.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said on Friday in addition to the closure of the entire coast for razor clam harvesting, mussel harvesting also remains closed from the Columbia River to the north side of the Yachats River for elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poison, a marine biotoxin. Mussel harvesting remains open from the south side of the Yachats River to the California border.

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For Oregonians looking to go bay clam and crab harvesting, ODFW said those will remain open along the entire coast range.

The ODA will continue testing for shellfish toxins twice a month as weather permits, the ODFW said.