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Mussel harvest reopens as toxin levels drop

Samples taken indicate levels of the paralytic shellfish toxin have dropped below the alert level

The Daily Astorian

Published on November 10, 2017 9:04AM


Portions of the Oregon Coast closed to mussel harvest because of the presence of a dangerous toxin have reopened.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday that recreational and commercial mussel harvesting from the South Jetty of the Columbia River to the north jetty of Yaquina Bay at Newport is open once again. Samples taken in the area indicate levels of the paralytic shellfish toxin have dropped below the alert level. The stretch of coast has been closed to mussel harvesting since mid-October.

Mussel harvesting is now open along the entire Oregon Coast again. Recreational harvest of bay clams is also open.

Razor clamming, however, only remains open from Cascade Head, north of Lincoln City, to the Columbia River. It remains closed south of Cascade Head to the Columbia Border due to elevated levels of the marine toxin domoic acid.



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