The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are reopening recreational and commercial mussel harvesting from Cape Meares, south of Tillamook Bay, to Heceta Head, north of Florence. Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) have dropped below the alert level. With the reopening, mussels can now be harvested along the entire Oregon Coast.
Meanwhile, all razor clamming remains closed for the entire Oregon Coast because of elevated levels of domoic acid. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, 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 at <http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx>.