Shellfish

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 

The recreational harvest of razor clams is closed from the north jetty of the Siuslaw River (in Florence) to the California border for elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes all beaches and all bays. 

The recreational harvest of razor clams is open from the Columbia River to the north jetty of the Siuslaw River.  

The recreational harvest of mussels is open 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 from the ocean, and in bays and estuaries, is open from the Columbia River to the California border. It is always recommended you eviscerate 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.

Scallops are not affected by closures when only the adductor muscle is eaten. The consumption of whole recreationally caught scallops is not recommended.

Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers. Samples show no biotoxins at this time. 

Biotoxin data for Oregon crab

Current biotoxin data for crab

Biotoxin data for Oregon mussels and clams

Current biotoxin data for mussels and clams

Oregon Coast softshell clam advisory

The Oregon Health Authority has issued an advisory for softshell clams along the entire Oregon Coast because they may contain high levels of naturally occurring arsenic. Softshell clam advisory

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. Oregon recreational shellfish closure map

Shellfish news from ODA

ODA news blog with information on recreational shellfish beach closures in the State of Oregon. ODA news blog

​​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

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Information about harmful algae

Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Pacific northwest harmful algal bloom information

Razor clam harvesting information

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Recreational razor clam information

Recreational Shellfish Regulations

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Recreational shellfish regulations

What are Shellfish Biotoxin Closures

Causes for 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