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South Oregon coast closed to mussel harvesting from Cape Arago to California border

COOS BAY, Ore.. -- The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closure of recreational and commercial mussel harvesting from Cape Arago, south of Coos Bay, to the California border.

The closure is due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) and includes mussels on all beaches, rocks, jetties, and bay entrances in this section of the coast.

Mussel harvesting remains open along the Oregon coast north of Cape Arago to the Columbia River.

Coastal scallops are not affected by the closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten, officials said, but the consumption of whole recreationally harvested scallops is not recommended.

Crab and bay clams are also not affected by any current closure and are safe to eat, they say. Recreational harvesting of razor clams remains closed along the entire Oregon coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid.

Commercial shellfish products remain safe for consumers, officials said.

PST and domoic acid are produced by algae and usually originate in the ocean. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range.

For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page.

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