Call the Shellfish Safety Hotline before harvesting
The Oregon Department of Agriculture's (ODA) shellfish biotoxin hotline is toll free and is updated immediately when shellfish toxins reach the alert level. The hotline is your best source for up-to-date clam, crab, and mussel closure information.
Recreational shellfish harvesting status
The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from the Columbia River to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) annual razor clam conservation closure begins July 15 and ends September 30 of each year. This conservation closure is for razor clams on the Clatsop beaches only, from the Columbia River south to Tillamook Head. Due to the current elevated levels of domoic acid and the conservation closure, the earliest razor clamming on the Clatsop Beaches could open is October 1 (if domoic acid levels are below the closure limit by October 1).
Please note: The annual ODFW razor clam conservation closure does not apply to beaches south of Tillamook Head. These beaches could open for razor clamming when two razor clam samples are received, at least a week apart, that are both below the closure limit for domoic acid.
The recreational harvesting of mussels is OPEN along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border.
The recreational harvest of bay clams is OPEN along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border.
Recreational crab harvesting is OPEN along the entire coast from the Columbia River to the California border.
It is always recommended you eviscerate the crab and discard the "butter" (viscera or guts) prior to cooking. When whole crab are cooked in liquid, domoic acid may leach into the cooking liquid. It is recommended you discard the cooking liquid, and do not use it in other dishes, such as sauces, broths, soups, stews, stocks, roux, dressings, etc. The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.
Please refer to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website for recreational seasons and licensing requirements. See below for commercial crab harvesting Rule Advisory Committee information.
Scallops are not being sampled for biotoxins at this time. Due to potential biotoxins, consuming whole scallops is not recommended. However, the scallop adductor muscle does not accumulate biotoxins and may be safe for consumption.
Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers. Samples show no biotoxins at this time.
If you think you have become ill from consuming shellfish seek medical assistance and contact your local health department to report your illness.
ODA and ODFW Commercial Crab Rules Advisory Committee for crab and domoic acid
Managing seafood harvest for food safety is essential to protect the health of Oregonians. This Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) will help shape Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to describe the management use of evisceration orders and harvest area closures when biotoxin is detected in crab viscera or meat. This will help protect the health of consumers.
- The RAC members will advise the agencies over 2 to 3 meetings on rules and process describing under what conditions evisceration may be used for crab harvest and how to implement closures, when necessary.
- Conditions must maximize traceability of live market crab to minimize risk of public exposure to biotoxins. This includes improving traceability for the purposes of communication with crab buyers and for the purposes of inventory evaluation for crab processors.
- The ODFW webpage contains specific information on the progress of this workgroup along with information on how to contact committee members for input or questions.