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 shellfish beach closure information.
Recreational shellfish harvesting status
Recreational razor clam harvesting is closed from the California border to Heceta Head (north of Florence) due to elevated levels of Domoic Acid and is closed along all Clatsop beaches due to ODF&W conservation closure. Recreational clam harvesting remains open on the central Oregon Coast from Heceta Head to Tillamook Head. Recreational mussel harvesting remains open along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California Border.
Oregon recreational shellfish closure map
Map displays the Oregon coastline. Areas in green are open and areas in red are closed to recreational shellfish harvesting. Website
Shellfish news from ODA
ODA news blog with information on recreational shellfish beach closures in the state of Oregon. Website
Biotoxins and illness
- 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.
- If you think you have become ill from consuming shellfish seek medical assistance and contact your local health department to report your illness.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Harmful Algae Website
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Harmful Algal Blooms Website
Olympic Region Harmful Algal Blooms
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)
Additional Information on Oregon Shellfish Resources Website
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Recreational Shellfish Regulations
What are Shellfish Biotoxin Closures