Before you harvest clams or mussels
There are things you need to know and do before you recreationally harvest molluscan shellfish (clams, cockles, and mussels). Please see our webpage with information on what to do before you harvest clams or mussels.
Commercial shellfish licensing
Oregon Department of Agriculture licenses are required for commercially growing, harvesting, buying, distributing, or processing molluscan shellfish (clams, oysters, mussels and whole scallops) for human consumption.
Recreational shellfish biotoxin closures
In Oregon, mussels and clams may be harvested recreationally from some beaches for personal consumption. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) aims to prevent illnesses that can occur from recreationally harvested shellfish containing biotoxins. When biotoxins are found to exceed safe levels, ODA and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) jointly issue recreational shellfish closures, warning the public not to harvest shellfish from beaches with high biotoxin results. Recreational shellfish harvesters should always check to see if their intended beach is open or closed before they harvest.
Safe handling and consumption
Plan ahead and understand safe handling, storage, and cooking of molluscan shellfish. It is advised that recreational harvesters thoroughly cook all molluscan shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels and scallops) properly. Consuming raw or undercooked shellfish may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions. Please see the safe handling and consumption webpage for more details.