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Oregon Coast now closed to crabbing from Coos Bay south to California

Dungeness crab (File/SBG)

COOS BAY, Ore. - Recreational and commercial crabbing is now closed from Coos Bay south to the California border due to elevate levels of domoic acid, state officials said.

"The new closure area is from the north jetty of Coos Bay, including the Coos Bay estuary, to the California border. The closure includes crab harvested in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties," the Departments of Agriculture and Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday.

Crab harvesting from the north jetty of Coos Bay to the Columbia River remains open in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties.

Recreational crabbing season in the ocean closed October 15.

"Despite the closure, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers," the agencies said in a statement.

Oregon initially closed the coast from Cape Blanco south, then expanded the closure north to Bandon.

You can find updates on closures on the state's shellfish closure website, or call (800) 448-2474.

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