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 and mussel closure information.
Recreational shellfish harvesting status
Recreational harvest of all shellfish (razor clams, mussels, other clams and scallops) is closed from the Columbia River to Tillamook Head (south of Seaside) due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.
Recreational harvest of razor clams is closed for the entire Oregon coastline from the Columbia River to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays.
Also, the recreational harvest of mussels is closed from Cascade Head (north of Lincoln City) to the north jetty of the Rogue River (by the town of Gold Beach on the south coast) due to elevated levels of Paralytic Shellfish Toxin. This mussel closure includes all beaches, jetties, rocks and bays.
Recreational harvest of bay clams is open from Tillamook Head (south of Seaside) south to the California border (this does not include razor clams). Scallops are not affected by this closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of whole recreationally caught scallops is not recommended. Crabs are not affected by this closure and remain safe to eat, however it is recommended you do not eat the 'butter' (or viscera).
Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers. Samples show no biotoxins at this time.
Biotoxin Data For Shellfish
Biotoxin Data for Oregon Mussels and Clams Document
Oregon recreational shellfish closure map
Click the link below to view a map of the Oregon coastline. Areas in green are open and areas in red are closed to recreational shellfish harvesting. Map
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