May 30, 2014... The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of
Fish and Wildlife announce the closure of all mussel harvesting from the South
Jetty of the Columbia River to the North Jetty in Newport. The closure is due
to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning or PSP toxins and includes
mussels on all beaches, rocks, jetties, and at the entrance to bays along the
scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is
eaten. The consumption of whole recreationally harvested scallops is not
recommended. Crab are not affected by this level of toxin and are safe to eat.
Shellfish contaminated with PSP
toxins can cause minor to severe illness or even death. The symptoms usually begin with tingling of the mouth and tongue. Severe
poisoning can result in dizziness, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, paralysis
of the arms and legs, and paralysis of the muscles used for breathing.
Shellfish toxins are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean.
ODA will continue to test for
shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two
consecutive tests in the safe range.
information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474, the Food
Safety Division at (503) 986-4720 or visit the ODA shellfish closures Web page