The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will reopen the entire Oregon Coast to all razor clam harvesting, from the California border to the Columbia River, effective today.

The ODFW conservation closure along Clatsop beaches on the north Oregon Coast is no longer in effect.

Meanwhile, recreational and commercial mussel harvesting remains closed from the Yachats River in Lincoln County to the California border. The closure is because of elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs), and includes mussels on all beaches, rocks, jetties and bay entrances in this section of the Oregon Coast.

With the reopening of Clatsop beaches to razor clamming, all areas on the Oregon Coast north of the Yachats River to the Columbia River are now open to all recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting.

ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

For information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at 800-448-2474 or go to http://oregon.gov/ODA/FSD/shellfish_status.shtml

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