Recreational shellfish harvesting status
PLEASE NOTE: The annual Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Razor Clam Conservation Closure has been extended to March 1, 2019 at the earliest. This closure extends from The Columbia River South To Tillamook Head. This conservation closure is not related to marine biotoxins. This conservation closure does not affect razor clam populations south of Tillamook Head. The conservation closure is to conserve razor clam populations on the Clatsop Beaches during spawning. For more information please contact ODFW at 541-867-4741.
The recreational harvest of razor clams is OPEN from Tillamook Head south to the north jetty of the Umpqua River. The recreational harvest of razor clams is CLOSED from the south jetty of the Umpqua River to the California Border for elevated levels of domoic acid toxin. This includes all beaches and all bays.
The recreational harvesting of mussels is OPEN from the Columbia River to the California border. This includes all beaches, bays, rocks, piers, docks, etc.
The recreational harvest of bay clams is OPEN along the entire Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California border.
Recreational crab harvest: Status map
Recreational crab harvesting is CLOSED from Cape Blanco to the California border.
Recreational crab harvesting is OPEN from the Columbia River to Cape Blanco. Always check the ODFW website for season openings, rules and licensing requirements for recreational harvesting and recreational crab seasons. Call the ODFW Newport Office at 541-867-4741.
It is always recommended you eviscerate the 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.
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.
Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers. Samples show no biotoxins at this time.
If you think you have become ill from consuming shellfish seek medical assistance and contact your local health department to report your illness.