The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are reopening a portion of the coast to all mussel harvesting, from the Yachats River in Lincoln County to Cape Arago in Coos County. Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) have dropped below the alert level. The area was originally closed to recreational mussel harvesting September 6, 2013.
The closure of mussel harvesting from Cape Arago to the California border remains in effect and includes mussels on all beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances in this section of the Oregon Coast.
With today’s re-opening. areas on the Oregon Coast north of Cape Arago to the Columbia River are now open to all recreational and commercial shellfish harvesting.
For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures
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