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 shellfish harvesting is now open for clams and mussels from the Columbia River to the California border, except for the Clatsop Beaches. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife closes the Clatsop Beaches for razor clam harvesting by from July 15 through September 30 of each year for conservation purposes.​ 

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.

Resources

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Harmful Algae Website

Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Harmful Algal Blooms Website

Olympic Region Harmful Algal Blooms

Website

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)

Additional Information on Oregon Shellfish Resources Website

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Recreational Shellfish Regulations

ODFW
Website

What are Shellfish Biotoxin Closures

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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