- Obtain an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) recreational shellfish license
- An ODFW license is required to recreationally harvest molluscan shellfish for those 12 years or older.
- Limits and open areas may change. Check for information about ODFW licenses online.
Call the shellfish safety hotline to verify the harvest area is not closed due to biotoxins.
Contact ODFW to verify the harvest area is not closed due to an ODFW conservation closure. ODFW issues a conservation closure each year from July 15th to September 31st to protect newly set razor clams, but other closures may occur.
Review the ODFW shellfish regulations online that apply to the Pacific Ocean, coastal bays, and beaches. For complete information, Sport Fishing Regulations books may be obtained at ODFW offices and wherever licenses are sold.
Plan ahead and review safe handling and consumption guidelines.
ODFW conservation closures
For Consumers: Molluscan Shellfish Safe Handling, Storage and Cooking Practices
Safe Handling of Molluscan Shellfish from SeaGrant, University of Connecticut, and Connecticut Department of Agriculture. Molluscan shellfish safety brochure