Shellfish

  1. Obtain an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) recreational shellfish license
    • An ODFW license is required to recreationally harvest molluscan shellfish for those 14 years or older.
    • Limits and open areas may change. Check for information about ODFW licenses online.

  2. Call the shellfish safety hotline to verify the harvest area is not closed due to biotoxins.

  3. Contact ODFW to verify the harvest area is not closed due to an ODFW conservation closure. ODFW issues a conservation closure each year from July 15th to September 31st to protect newly set razor clams, but other closures may occur.

  4. Review the ODFW shellfish regulations online that apply to the Pacific Ocean, coastal bays, and beaches. For complete information, Sport Fishing Regulations books may be obtained at ODFW offices and wherever licenses are sold.

  5. Plan ahead and review safe handling and consumption guidelines.

ODFW conservation closures

Phone: 503-947-6000
Toll-free: 800-720-6339

Resources

For Consumers: Molluscan Shellfish Safe Handling, Storage and Cooking Practices

Safe Handling of Molluscan Shellfish from SeaGrant, University of Connecticut, and Connecticut Department of Agriculture. Document

ODFW Shellfish License

Website

Oregon Coast Trail Maps

Website

Oregon Razor Clams

Website

Oregon's Clam Species

Website

Recreational Shellfish Regulations

Website

Recreational Shellfish What's Open

Website

Where to Dig Bay Clams

Website

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​​Contact

Main Office
Food Safety
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503-986-4720
Shellfish Safety Hotline
Shellfish Safety Hotline
Food Safety
635 Capitol St NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 800-448-2474
Alt Phone: 503-986-4728
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